Keep your search simple
Search on key concepts (using synonyms if necessary) one at a time
|Concept 1||Concept 2|
|blaze, blazes, blazing||mammal, mammals|
|burns, burning||bird, birds|
Use AND, OR, NOT accurately:
|Search Concept 1||Set #1||FIRE* OR BLAZ* OR BURN*|
|Search Concept 2||Set #2||FAUNA OR MAMMAL* OR BIRD*|
|Combine both concepts||Set #3||#1 AND # 2|
Build your sets of concepts, then combine them as needed
|Search a third concept||Set #4||grassland* or prairie*|
|Omit 3rd concept from previous results||Set #5||#3 NOT #4|
The SEARCH HISTORY command shows your previous searches. You can return to them, or combine them in different combinations as you refine your search.
Don't waste time getting nowhere. After 10-15 min., ask an SRS librarian for help!
Secondary (review) articles
News articles (e.g., Time, New York Times, Natural History, Smithsonian)