Library FAQ

Answers to common questions about doing research and using the library.

I'm not getting enough results. How can I get more?

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There are a few techniques to try:

  • You may need to think more broadly about your topic. For example, if you are researching the impact of community policing in Milwaukee, you might broaden your search to Wisconsin or urban communities.
  • Try different keywords. You may find alternate keywords in your search results.
  • Use fewer keywords or search terms. The more words you use, the fewer results you'll get.
  • Use fewer limiters. For instance, try expanding the date range.

Finding sources can be complicated. If you've been looking for 5 or 10 minutes and haven't found what you're looking for, contact us for help.

Adapted from Portland State University's Library DIY.