The database will look for the exact words that you enter into the search bar, so rather than ask an entire question, break down your topic or research question into 2-4 concepts that represent your topic. You'll get better matches this way.
Think about your topic or research question.
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Refine your results by:
Look at your research question / topic. What keywords can you identify?
How do you combine keywords? Boolean operators are words you can use between your terms to either broaden or limit your search.
|OR||Use to broaden your search and to join SIMILAR terms.||Example: "gay parents" OR "lesbian mothers"|
|AND||Use to narrow your search and join DISSIMILAR terms.||Exmaple: parents AND "division of labor"|
You can specify where the database should look for your terms. For example, you can specify that terms should be present in say the title, abstract, etc. Different databases may have different field options.
The asterisk * is the most common truncation symbol.
You do have to be careful with truncation. Sometimes you might get unexpected results.