Synonyms can be:
• Different spellings of same word eg. pediatrics OR paediatrics
• Similar meanings/concepts eg. Cancer OR tumor OR tumour OR neoplasm
To identify synonyms use:
• Thesauri and lists in a database
• Dictionaries (online dictionary available via credo)
• Talk to other people (lecturers, tutors, peer groups)
Synonyms for the keywords identified from the short example in Step One:
|Keyword 1||Keyword 2||Keyword 3|
|Hand hygiene||Infection Control||Hospitals|
|Hand Disinfection||Cross infection control||Health Care Centres|
|Surgical Scrub||Communicable disease control||Health facility|
Here is a Search strategy work sheet to help you think through your keywords and synonyms, and record your search strategies.
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