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Search Smarter: Finding information for the Health Sciences: Step 4: Limits

A guide on how to find information for assignments and research in the Health arena.

What are limits?

Target your searches and get more accurate results.  This will also cut down on the number of results you will get.

Some limits:

•        Year ranges  - Nursing research focuses on the most recent information. (i.e 2010-2015)

•        Language (i.e. English.  Whilst the abstract might be in English the full text of the article may be in a different language.)

•        Publication type (i.e journal article, systematic review, randomised control trial)

•        Age of patient (i.e child, middle aged, aged etc.)

•        Human (databases like Medline allow you to limit to human or animal to focus on human health oranimal health)


Some limits that might apply to this assignment are:

Year range (2010-2015)

English Language

Journal Article publication type


Tip: If applying database limits still gives too many results, try adding more specific keywords.

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