Sometimes your database search comes back with WAY too many articles on your topic and sometimes it comes back with not enough.
If your search is not finding enough articles on your topic, generally one of two things will help:
Changing Your Keywords
Library databases are matching tools. They match the words you type in to the same words appearing in an article. You may need better keywords.
Try changing one of your keywords to a synonym or related word (example: instead of kids, try children). You will likely find different articles in your results list.
If you are using more than 3 keywords in your search and not finding many articles on your topic - try REMOVING a keyword from your search. This will find more articles because the database doesn't have to match so many words.
Changing the Database
Each database contains a unique collection of journals, so every database you try will give you different results. It could be the database you are using is just not a great one for your topic.
Pick a new database from the databases list and see if your results improve. If you are using a subject-specific database (a database specific to health, business, etc.), try searching an all-purpose/multi-disciplinary database instead.
Add Another Keyword (Using AND)
It's possible the keywords you are using are too broad or are not very descriptive of your topic.
Try adding an additional keyword with AND to your search string. For example:
Troublesome search string:
Parents AND limit AND screen
Revised search string with added keyword:
Parents AND limit AND screen AND children
Use the Limits on the side of your Search Results
For more information on how to apply limits to focus or narrow your search, please see the Focusing Your Search Results tab of this guide.
Use the Field drop-down menus in the Advanced Search
For more information on how to use the Field drop-down menus to narrow your search, please see the Searching for Articles: Advanced Search using Field drop-down menus box of this guide.