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KHSS 634: Current Literature In Sport

Finding Keywords

When identifying keywords, look through your search results for words that are associated with your topic, but were not included in your original thesis statement or research question.

Search result for the terms 'rotator cuff injury' also shows terms such as psychological factors, depression, and overtraining injuries.

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"


("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"

Subject Headings

Sometimes if you can't think of other words, a subject heading can help.