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Query Generator

Search statement generator

Use this tool to generate a search string that you can copy and paste into many of our databases. Type your individual keywords/phrases into each concept box, then add synonyms for each concept on separate lines underneath. You can use truncation (*) and wildcards (?) to find alternative spellings of those words. For example:

  • interven* will find intervene, intervening, intervention, etc.
  • colo?r will find color and colour

Concept 1

Concept 2

Search string

Query Generator Example

Our concepts or keywords have been added to the concept boxes with each concept in a different box. Once we have added ouur concepts or keywords we have added synonyms or alternative words. Once this is completed we have pushed the create search string button to produce a line that we can then copy and paste into a database search field.



Our search string can be copied and pasted into most of our databases