Credo Reference LSC-CyFair Users | HCPL Users Try this: In Credo, enter a large topic such as psychology or a small topic such as panic disorder and click on the mind map labels provided with search results to focus your research area.
Focus your topic on a specific and manageable aspect that interests you:
time period or geographical area
problem, viewpoint, issue, or trend
group affected by the topic
What Topic Words Are Best for Online Information Searches?
Select nouns as your primary search words.
(examples: person, place, or thing)
Start searching with 1 - 3 words or phrases. (example: PTSD)
Add the word – and – between search words.
(example: women and veterans)
Put “quotes” around specific phrases.
(example: women and veterans and "mental health")
Limit results by adding words to your search.
(example: women and veterans and "mental health" and "United States")
Increase results by removing words from your search.
(example: women and "mental health")
Tip #39: Minimize Anxiety and Maximize Research Time! - Save Database Articles with the (1) Email Option in the Database or (2) Copy the Permalink/Stable URLs.
If you want to save database articles, please take the time to email articles to your inbox so you will have either the complete article or a valid link to the article that you can access off campus. Also, you can copy and paste the permalink/stable URL or Digital Object Identifier (DOI) if given to your working draft in word processing software such as Google Docs or Microsoft Word. Copying and pasting the URL in the address bar at the top of the browser window may not work when you try to find the article a few hours or days after your search, so do not rely on that link. Save valuable research time by following this suggestion so you can keep track of useful resources!