General Database Searching Tips
Tips to improve your Database Searching Experience:
- When available, use the advanced search
- Use the limiters provided such as "search for peer-reviewed journals" or "English only"
- Use the Help function of the database to find out how to use advanced features of the database.
To limit your search, add more terms with AND
An example of a very limited, specific search:
(cats OR dogs) AND rain AND weather AND idioms
Note: The more terms you add to a search with AND, the more limited it will be because each search result must include ALL of your terms
To broaden your search, add more terms with OR
An example of a broad search:
(birds OR fowl OR turkeys OR chickens OR roosters) AND
(behavior OR habits OR habitats)
Note: The more terms you add to search with OR, the broader it will be because each search result can include ANY of your terms