Join together search terms in a logical manner.
AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms
"racial bias" AND "school disipline"
“school discipline” OR "school suspension" OR "school punishment"
school discipline” OR "school suspension" OR "school punishment"
To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
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, teenagers, 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.