Answered By: Laurie Bastien
Last Updated: Aug 08, 2018     Views: 106

It's important to develop and combine search terms and phrases to better target search results. However, it is possible to further refine results by using search limiters available within the Library databases. 

Within EBSCO databases, use the Refine Results feature on the left side of the search results page. For example, the initial advanced search below retrieved just over 4,000 results (be aware that search result numbers can fluctuate depending upon database subscription content).

Using the Refine Results feature, under Limit To, initial search results can be limited further to material published only in scholarly (peer reviewed) journals. They can also be limited to materials published within a particular date range. Below is an example of limiting the above advanced search to scholarly articles published in the last 5 years. Now the search yielded just over 490 results:


The search results may be refined/limited additionally, including by subject and/or by geography:

To refine results in Gale Virtual Reference Library (GVRL), search the entire subject collection by keywords and phrases. Or, limit your search to a particular subject:


On the results page, use the Limit Search by feature on the right side of the results screen to further target your results:

In ProQuest databases, use the Narrow results by feature on the left side of the results page:



Contact the Library for more assistance with refining and limiting search results.

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