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How can I narrow my search?

Last Updated: Jul 14, 2015  |  455 Views

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For an overview of beginning your research, please see our Library 101 Research Guide.

When trying to limit a specific search, there are several different methods of narrowing down your results. For the purposes of this example, we will take a look at the KSU SuperSearch.

First, you can try adding quotation marks to a phrase, using boolean search limiters such as "and" or "or", or by broadening or narrowing your terminology. Here is an example of how to broaden your terminology:

The phrase "navel oranges" yields 3,796 results, whereas "citrus fruits" yields over 43,000.

If you have too many results and are struggling with narrowing your topic, you can scroll down the left hand side of your results in KSU SuperSearch. There, you will find options for narrowing using limiters such as full text, peer-reviewed, type of material (book, article, etc.), publication date or language. You can also further narrow your topic here, under the heading "Subject":

Click on the "Show More" link to expand your subject limiting options:

Select the boxes that are relevant to your topic, click "Update", and your results will be narrowed according to the subjects you selected.

For further help, the Kennesaw Library System offers the following options:

If you are having trouble with your research, please schedule a one-on-one with a KSU librarian.

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