Try using search terms such as "leadership" and "management". Other terms such as "human resources" can be useful. If you have a specific search topic for an assignment such as "operations management", that can be the start of a good search as well.
- Use OR between your search terms to broaden the search to include any of the terms.
- Use AND between your search terms to narrow the search to include all the terms.
- Find full text within the databases in html or pdf format
Start with a Basic Search
First formulate a research question: What are some techniques for managing employee retention? Then think about the main ideas in your question and create a search statement using those ideas or concepts:
managing AND techniques AND "employee retention"
2. Expand Your Search Using OR
Use OR to include additional, related keywords:
managing AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "employee retention"
3. Expand Your Search Using Truncation
Many databases allow you to use "*" (an asterisk) to truncate a term. Truncating allows you to search for all variations of a word using a single search. In this example, manag* will find manage, management, managers, etc.:
manag* AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "employee retention"
4. Exclude Words With NOT
NOT lets you exclude words from your search to remove unhelpful articles from your results:
manag* AND (techniques OR approaches OR methods) AND "employee retention" NOT "small businesses"
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