To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
“first-generation college students”
Join together search terms in a logical manner.
AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms
motivation AND grades
“student achievement” OR “student success”
women OR females
Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many database use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.
Truncate the word education educat* to search for educate, educates, education, educational etc.
Add the truncation symbol to the word negotiat* to search for negotiate, negotiates, negotiating, negotiable etc.