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Link 2 concepts with AND

Link 3 or more concepts with AND

Link concepts with OR for more

Selecting keywords

Be brief. Use only key concepts (keywords) that reflect exactly what you need.

1)      What treatment options are available for fetal alcohol syndrome?

In this example, use these keywords in your search:

fetal alcohol syndrome
treatment 

2)      What can be done to reduce fetal alcohol syndrome?

Because the question is about how to reduce the syndrome, try these keywords:

fetal alcohol syndrome
prevention

Authors also use the term alcohol-exposed pregnancies, so you might also try 

alcohol-exposed pregnancies
prevention

3)      What are the most effective treatments for fetal alcohol syndrome?

To answer questions about treatment effectiveness, use keywords that refer to study types. Try several search options:

fetal alcohol syndrome
treatment
randomized controlled trial

fetal alcohol syndrome
treatment
experimental design

fetal alcohol syndrome
treatment
control group