Watch this short video to discover how phrase searching can help you locate relevant sources and narrow your search results. (1:00 from North Carolina State University Libraries).
Use "quotation marks" to glue phrases together:
"reading skills" will get better, more relevant, results than reading skills
Use quotation marks around two or more words that you want to appear as a phrase.
When you search in a database, it's a good idea to use keywords and Boolean Operators (the words AND, OR, & NOT). Learn the basics of Boolean (AND / OR / NOT) and keyword searching. (Length: ~1:25)
Question: How can you decide what keywords will work best in your search?
The first words you search for may not be the ones that get you the most results. You may choose instead to look for synonyms -- or words that have close to the same meaning -- as the words you've selected to use in your search. You can connect these using OR.
grades OR GPA
study OR learn
college OR university OR "higher education"
self-discipline OR self-control OR "self regulation"
discipline OR determination
Use AND to combine two different ideas.
"academic success" AND sleep
"time management" AND grades
"growth mind-set" AND transition AND college
tuition AND admissions AND "college attendance"