Use AND / OR to join search terminology.
Examples: Using OR
Examples: Using AND
Examples using AND & OR
Sample Search A
treatment OR therapy
ADHD OR "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder"
Question: What strategy might we take if Sample A returns too many results? How could we modify this search?
Sample Search B
deceive OR deception OR lie
"law enforcement" OR police
Question: What strategy might we take if Sample B does not return many results? How could we modify this search?
It is common to search for a specific phrase with "quotation marks ". Most databases will recognize the using of quotation marks to search for two works together.
Examples: " "
Phrase Searching Narrows
Search for alternate forms of a work by truncating it and adding an asterisk *.
This video covers three search strategies to apply in database searches. (3:04).