Health Sciences: Search Strategy Builder

This guide provides resources, services, and tools of interest to VT researchers investigating health topics and initiatives, including across disciplines and VT Beyond Boundaries' areas: 'Integrated Health and Wellness,' and 'The Adaptive Brain.'

Search Strategy Builder

Search Strategy Builder

The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into the standard database search boxes.

Write out your research question or topic thesis as a sentence.

  Concept 1 and Concept 2 and Concept 3
Extract the major concepts from your sentence above and enter them here.    

List alternatives for each concept.

These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept.

Use single words or short phrases.

Find additional terms in abstracts and summaries of the articles, books, and other sources you find during initial searches.

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Search Strategy Builder created by University of Arizona Libraries and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Librarians for Health Research

Health Sciences Library Locations Librarians
Collaborative Librarians
  • Anne Brown, Science Informatics Consultant & Health Analytics Coordinator

  • Inga Haugen, Agriculture, Life Sciences, and Scholarly Communication Librarian -- health specialization: plants, soils, Extension, ag econ, ag tech, entomology, food science, and biological systems engineering.

  • Amanda MacDonald, Undergraduate Research Services Librarian -- health specialization: Human Development, Translational Biology Medicine and Health; Interim liaison to Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise

  • Rachel Miles, Research Impact Librarian -- health specialization: Neuroscience, Psychology

  • Ginny Pannabecker, Director of Research, Collaboration and Engagement -- health specialization: biochemistry, biomedical engineering, and systems biology.

Whole Health and One Health are transdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary endeavors. Identify and Contact additional VT Librarians who specialize in and support researchers in delving into areas such as politics and policy, natural resources and the environment, social sciences, the arts, and more.