Chances are, you just entered a search string that returned more items than you could read or review in a week--or more!
Here are a few tips for sorting through retrieved journal articles:
Look for boxes or drop-down menus that allow you to better define your search.
AND: use the word AND to retrieve results that contain both terms. Example: hydraulic fracturing AND wastewater (Note: you will retrieve fewer results than when you use OR)
OR: use the word OR to retrieve results that return one search term or the other. Example: hydraulic fracturing OR wastewater (Note: you will retrieve more results than when you use AND)
NOT: use the word NOT to exclude results that contain the search term (hydraulic fracturing NOT wastewater)
Example: music* finds musical, musician, musicians, musicality, music's (Still not sure how this works? Check out this quick tutorial from Colorado State University.)
Using quotation marks around your search in many databases and search engines will search for a phrase (sometimes known as nesting):
For example: "hydraulic fracturing" will search for that phrase instead of the words hydraulic and fracturing anywhere in a record