You can limit your results in database searches so that you aren't overwhelmed with irrelevant titles. Helpful filters:
Each database will look slightly different, and include different filtering options. Here are examples of filtering options In Academic OneFile and JSTOR:
TIP: Keep in mind that the layouts and options of database interfaces change over time, just like any website.
To focus your search precisely, use subject terms. Most databases will provide a selection of subject terms that seem to be relevant to your search query. For example, here is a query searching "mobile phones" AND africa, and the subject terms displayed along with search results:
TIP: Note that subject terms are often different from the words you might have typed into the search box. Using the subject terms provided by the the database will consistently give you results lists with more relevant titles.
You can also quickly find useful subject terms by looking at a single relevant article record. Select any linked subject term to see more articles tagged with the same term.