Understanding and Using Search Strategies
Searching any database can be more effective by understanding and using a few basic search strategies. Databases vary in the way you have to type in these strategies, so be sure to either check out the database help screens or ask a reference librarian.
- Know the difference between subject vs. keyword searching.
- Know what truncation is and how to use it to expand your search.
- Know how to use AND, OR, NOT to increase, decrease or have more precise results.
- Know how to use the advanced search options to group similar search terms.
- Know how to do field specific searching to make your search more precise.