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Human Movement

Databases, journals, ebooks, and referencing for human movement studies

Finding journal articles

Journals articles can be found using a variety of tools.

Journal articles can be from academic or scholarly, magazine, newspaper or trade publications.

  You should be using academic (also known as scholarly) journal articles. Look for:

  • references within the article
  • reference lists or bibliographies
  • often will have abstract, methods, discussion or conclusion

Many academic articles are also peer reviewed.

Develop a search strategy

  • Identify the MAIN IDEAS in your question
  • Identify the KEYWORDS for these concepts any similar terms/synonyms that might be used to describe your key terms
  • COMBINE your concepts with Boolean Operators (AND / OR / NOT)

Identify keywords

Brainstorm synonyms for your keywords. For example:

Discuss the use of compression garments when exercising does it improve performance? 

‚ÄčThe key concepts are:

  • compression garments
  • exercising
  • performance

Example of a simple search

Synonyms/keyword Synonyms/keyword Synonyms/keyword

"compression garments"

OR

"compression garment"

OR

"compression sleeve"

OR

"compression sleeves"

exercise

OR

exercising

 

performance

 

Use advanced search

Use the Advanced Search option in your chosen databases.

Put each concept in a different box (with OR between each synonym).

Consider limiting your search to Title/Abstract fields.

Put AND between each row.

Boolean operators

  • AND - between keywords will search for both terms and retrieve fewer results but with greater relevance
  • OR - between keywords of similar meaning (synonyms) will search for either or both terms and broaden your results  
  • NOT - narrows search and identifies references that do not contain the term following it

For step by step instructions go to UQ library - Searching in databases

 

Learn how to conduct advanced literature searching with our online tutorials.

Search tips

  • Field searching to refine the search. For example, search Title and Abstract fields only
  • Set search limits. For example, year or language
  • Controlled vocabulary. Use MeSH or subject headings. PubMed uses MeSH, Cinahl  uses Subject Headings, and Embase uses Emtree
  • Phrase searching. Use double quotation marks around phrases: "compression sleeve"
  • Truncation/wildcards. These are special characters such as asterisk (*). For example, exercise* finds exercise and exercises