Database filters help you narrow your search.
Most databases permit filtering by:
Filter options are typically on the left side of the search results screen.
In Web of Science and Embase, use NEAR to require that two words appear within a few words of each other in the title or abstract. Specify how close they should be using the format NEAR/#.
(lung OR pulmonary) NEAR/3 fibrosis
Web of Science example:
TS=((lung OR pulmonary) NEAR/3 fibrosis)
Example in Web of Science. Looking for alternatives to a skin sensitivity assay on live animals.
Search #1 - protocol concepts:
(skin OR dermal) AND (sensitiv* OR sensitiz* OR sensitis*) AND (assay* OR model*)
Search #2 - possible alternatives:
(simulat* OR silico OR artificial* OR digital* OR virtual* OR cadaver* OR “non animal” OR “in vitro”)
Combine the two searches with AND.