- Gather keywords when you perform background research
- Use both keywords and index terms when searching
- Use Boolean operators to broaden (OR) or narrow (AND, NOT) your search
- Use wildcards to truncate search terms (often *) in order to capture search results with variations on a word stem (e.g. biomechanic*)
- Quickly review the "Help" resources for the database you are searching
Many library databases let you start with a known document (for example, a journal paper) and generate references it cites and/or documents published later in time that cite it.
Contact a librarian to identify relevant databases and setting up email alerts for citing literature. Some starting points:
Journals frequently used at Lehigh University in bioengineering research.