To search for specific phrases, enclose them in double quotes. The database will search for those words together in that order.
"Movement for Colonial freedom"
Join together search terms in a logical manner.
AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms
independence OR autonomy OR liberty
"Burkina Faso" OR "Upper Volta"
Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many database use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.
independen* will bring up words including independent, independents, independence
nationali* will bring up nationalist, nationalists, nationalism, nationlization