Databases: General Search Tips
Use quotations to find an exact phrase. Putting quotes around a phrase directs the database to search for the concept as a whole, rather than looking for the words separately. For example:
“stand your ground”
Try using truncation to get better search results. Truncation means that a symbol is added to the end of a word root. Typically, the symbol for truncation is an asterisk * . The asterisk tells the database to search for all forms of that word.
<––– This search will provide documents with any of these words:
NOTE: An asterisk does truncation in the Advanced Search field of most, but not all, databases. If using a truncation symbol such as an asterisk, you may need to use the word “and” between your keyword terms (to avoid an error message).
Most databases provide links or a drop-down menu to sort by relevance or date.
Most databases have a link called Advanced or Advanced Search. Using Advanced Search, you can:
limit the document type
refine your keyword search