Good searching can shorten your research time significantly. Here are some tips from the pros:
Use quotation marks around a phrase to inform the search engine to look for exactly the phrase you enter- for example "habitat fragmentation" or "maternal separation".
When searching for a keyword with multiple variations (ex. "aggression", "aggressive") use the root form of the word and add an asterisk (*). This means using aggressi* will retrieve items that have all variations-- "aggression", "aggressive", etc.
Be specific: A search for canine* and "social structure" or "behavioral ecology" is much better than one for "pack behavior"
Use the built-in database filters to focus your results- most interfaces let you limit by publication date, subject, format and more
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