Doing a successful search in medicine—or any other field—involves more than just throwing a few words into a search box. Our main website has a series of pages on Basic Search Techniques, which we recommend you examine and begin to use in your research. The techniques covered include:
The effective use of these techniques will guarantee you far better results than you get by just throwing a few words into a search box! Most of these techniques, by the way, are not available in Google or Google Scholar.
Along with the techniques outlined above, the interactive Search Strategy Builder tool below will help guide you in the construction of searches that should produce excellent results.
To help you think through the process of constructing a good search, here's a little tool that can help you construct effective searches for ALICE, many article databases, and more. We call it Search Strategy Builder.
Just click on the link above, fill in the blanks, and click the button to create a Search Statement. You can then copy and paste that statement into the database of your choice.