Different Databases = Different Information
EBSCOhost = database provider, not database name
Academic Search Complete = database name, not database provider
Boolean operators are words you can use between your search terms to either broaden or limit your search.
Use OR to broaden your search. For example, if you search advertising OR commercials, you will find articles that include both terms.
In contrast, use AND and NOT to narrow your search. For example, if you search advertising AND commercials, you will only find articles that include both terms.
And, if you search advertising NOT commercials, you will find articles that include the word advertising except for those that also include the term commercials. In Google, use a minus sign instead of NOT (e.g. advertising -commercials).
|Determine the key ideas and terms in your topic.||Example: I am interested in the marketing psychology aimed at teenagers .|
|Think of synonyms or related terms.||"marketing psychology" / "consumer psychology" / "advertising psychology"
teenagers / teens / adolescents / young adults
|Select useful resources to search.||Databases > Subject > Psychology (other subject areas may include Business & Economics)|
|Construct a search strategy. Start with keyword searching.||Many databases default to a keyword search field.|
|Look for a phrase, using quotation marks.||"marketing psychology" / "consumer psychology" / "advertising psychology"|
|Join similar terms with OR||"marketing psychology" OR "consumer psychology" OR "advertising psychology"
|Join dissimilar terms with AND||
("marketing psychology" OR "consumer psychology" OR "advertising psychology") AND (teenagers OR adolescents)
|Truncate a term (usually *)||teen* (to search for teen, teens, teenagers)|
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase
Use a symbol (* is the most common) to look for variant endings of a word
Some databases also allow you to use a symbol at the beginning or in the middle of a word