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KHSS 634: Current Literature In Sport: Choosing and Using Databases

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Complex search statements

Writing a complex search statement comes in handy when you want to include all of your concepts, and synonyms.  This involves using some other symbols like the ones below:

(...) - Parenthesis create groups of words and are usually used when combining synonyms with OR

"...." - Quotation  marks can be used when you want to find a common phrase.  For instance, the word time may not be helpful unless it is part of the phrase "recovery time"

Examples:

(Physical therapy OR Exercise) AND Rotator Cuff AND Injury AND Recovery time

(Physical therapy OR Exercise) AND Rotator Cuff AND (Injury OR trauma) AND "Recovery time"