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Database Help: Limiters

Using Limiters

So far, we have looked at how search operators, truncation, keyword- and phrase-searching, and field searching can narrow or broaden your search.

Search limiters are another important way to narrow a search, and most databases offer a range of limiters that you can use as part of your search, or after you have your results

Common limiters Other limiters (will vary according to the database)
Full-text Language
Peer-reviewed Article type
Date Humans
Topic Evidence-Based Practice

Limiters are available in most database searches as dropdown menus or check boxes

To find limiters to add to your search, look for tick-boxes and drop-down menus on the main search page.




To find limiters to refine the results of a search, look for headings and lists to the left (usually) or right of your results list.