Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:
If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:
The important thing about Boolean operators is how they are interpreted by the search software.
AND combines terms-all specified terms must be present for the article/citation to be retrieved. This operator narrows a search. Example: dogs AND cats
OR creates sets of similar terms (or synonyms). This operator broadens a search.
Example: colleges OR universities OR "higher education"
NOT eliminates a term from the search. (Use with caution.) Example: animals NOT horses
Truncation is usually represented by an asterisk (*). To use truncation, enter the root of a search term and replace the ending with an *. EBSCOhost finds all forms of that word.
For example, type comput* to find the words computer or computing.
Note: The Truncation symbol (*) may also be used between words to match any word.
For example, a midsummer * dream will return results that contain the exact phrase, a midsummer night’s dream.