To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
Join together search terms in a logical manner.
1. Use OR to broaden your search. For example, if you search social media OR Snapchat, you will find articles that include either of these terms.
“social media” OR Snapchat
2. Use AND to narrow your search. For example, if you search Facebook AND "teenage girls" you will only find articles that include both terms.
Facebook AND "teenage girls"
3. You can also use AND and OR together. For example, the search below will find articles that refer to either the phrase "social media" or Instagram but that also refer to the phrase "body image."
("social media" OR Instagram)
Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many databases use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.
Add the truncation symbol to the word teen* to search for teen, teens, teenager, teenaged, etc.
You do have to be careful with truncation. If you add the truncation symbol to the word minor*, the database will search for minor, minors, minority, minorities, etc.
Databases also have limiters that can help you narrow your search results based on: