You will need to think of words to search for in the databases so the database can give you good results. The database will return results that match what you tell it to find.
Break down the parts of your topic and identify the most important ones. Then determine what the databases might call these topics. For example:
What is the effect of stereotypes on treatment for mental illness?
Stereotypes = stereotype, stereotypical, cliches, myths, gender, race, etc.
Mental illness = "mental health," depression, schizophrenia, etc.
Treatment = therapy, medication, loxapine etc.
A search might be:
(stereotyp* OR cliche*) AND "mental illness" AND therap*
Use AND / OR to join search terminology.
Examples: Using OR
Examples: Using AND
Examples using AND & OR
treatment OR therapy
It is common to search for a specific phrase with "quotation marks ". Most databases will recognize the using of quotation marks to search for two works together.
Examples: " "
Phrase Searching Narrows
Search for alternate forms of a work by truncating it and adding an asterisk *.