To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
“community college students”
“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
motivation AND grades
“student achievement” OR “student success”
women OR females
Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many database use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.
Truncate the word education educat* to search for educate, educates, education, educational etc.
Add the truncation symbol to the word transfer* to search for transfer, transfers, transferable, transferring etc.