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Search Smarter: Finding Information in Science and Engineering: Step 3: Limits

What are limits?

Limits let you 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  - science and engineering research often focuses on the most recent information (e.g. 2008-2017)

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

Publication type (e.g. journal article, review, conference paper)


Example assignment question

Discuss the impact of climate change on Australian ecosystems.

Some limits that might apply to this assignment are:

Year range (2008-2017)

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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