Increase your results. If your search is of such a narrowly focused nature as to return you just a small number of results, reconsider how you phrase it.
Your search: effects on school success of bilingual education for third grade students whose parents speak only a language other than English at home.
- Speak like a computer. Rather than typing a phrase or sentence break your search into discreet ideas and connect those ideas with and.
- school success and bilingual education and third grade students and non-English speaking parents
- Broaden your population from third graders to elementary school students.
- Use synonyms. In the example above, you may retrieve more results by typing school success or academic achievement. Your entire search would look like this: (school success or academic achievement) and bilingual education and (grade 3 or elementary school students) and parents.
- Use an asterisk to retrieve alternate word endings. bilingual* will return bilingual, bilinguals, bilingualism, bilingual education, etc.
Reduce your results.
- Bilingual education is too broad of a search. Try adding a population, an intervention or an outcome. Any combination of those aspects will increase the relevance and amount of your results.
Use database limits.
- ERIC, LLBA, etc: Scrolling down the main search page you'll see a long list of limits. Note that you can limit by a specific journal title, a test or measure, age groups and other factors.
- Web of Science: On the search results page see the left side to limit your search in a variety of ways.