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Limiting a Search with Filters

Many databases allow you to apply filters to limit to your search. For example, you can apply a language filter to limit your search results to articles written in a specific language. You should be extremely careful about how you apply these filters.

In most databases, these filters will appear on the left side after you run a search. The most commonly used filters include article or publication type, and publication dates.

Avoid applying filters that will unnecessarily exclude articles you may want to see. These include filters such as species, ages, text availability, and subject discipline. When you apply these filters, you are using controlled vocabulary or database indexing to exclude articles. This is not always a reliable method of excluding articles, and in these cases you may wish to work with your informationist to discuss the best approach.

Below, you will find just a few examples of filters and limits in frequently-used databases.

Filters in Selected Databases

EBSCO Databases include CINAHL and PsycINFO, among others.