The most common way to search a database is by typing some keywords and clicking "Search"…but selecting the right keywords can be more challenging than you think.
How do you choose the right keywords? Watch this video.
Once you have identified your keywords, you may want to narrow your search results, expand your results, or exclude certain keywords. Adding these conjunctions can help!
Enclose phrases, proper names, and titles with quotation marks. This tells the database to find the exact phrase instead of finding those words scattered throughout a document.
Another way to widen your search is to include various word endings and spellings. To do this, enter the root word, then add the appropriate symbol at the end. (Symbols may vary by database; common symbols include: *, !, ?, or #.) The database will return results that include any ending of that root word.