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How do I find articles on a particular topic?

Step 2. Formulate your Query

Choosing your search terms and combining them into a logical query is a critical step. If you do this poorly, you'll get poor results. Databases are only as good as the questions you ask them!

The first thing to do is separate your question into its component concepts. Say you're interested in a procedure to determine Bisphenol-A in water using chromatography. That's three distinct concepts:

  1. Bisphenol-A (synonym: BPA) - the analyte
  2. water - the matrix
  3. chromatography - the technique

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