Use quotation marks to search for a phrase.
Use a symbol (* is the most common) to look for variant endings of a word
Combine search strategies
Combine search strategies for more efficient searching
Boolean operators are words you can use between your search terms to either broaden or limit your search.
1. Use OR to broaden your search and to join SIMILAR terms.
2. Use AND to narrow your search and join DISSIMILAR.
3. Use NOT to narrow your search. This will omit items with that term.
If results are too large or seem irrelevant, you can limit one or more search terms to a specific field. For example, you can choose to search for important terms in the Title field.
Proximity - Same order
e.g. parent* pre/2 educational
This would bring up an article with no more than two words between parent* and educational (in this order) e.g. "Parent practices and educational achievement" OR "Parents on Educational Attainment" OR "Parental Values, Educational Attainment" etc.
Proximity - Any order
e.g. parent* w/3 educational
This would bring up an article with no more than three words between parent* and educational (in any order) e.g. "Educational practices of parents" OR "Parents value motivation and education" OR "Educational attainments of Latino parents"
e.g. freshm?m to search for freshman and freshmen
Example: in Education Source (EBSCO)
"self reflection" W3 sociology (within 3 words & in order)
"self reflection" N2 bias (near, any order)