To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
“Black Lives Matter”
“star wars the force awakens”
Join together search terms in a logical manner.
AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms
music AND "martial arts"
fantasy OR supernatural
crime OR gangster
Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many databases use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.
Truncate the word education feminin* to search for feminine, femininity etc.
Add the truncation symbol to the word cinema* to search for cinema, cinemas, cinematic etc.