Watch this video to find out how to search in a database. Video credit: NEIU Ronald Williams Library.
The following steps will help you form effective searches:
1. Identifying Keywords: Brainstorm a list of words related to your topic.
2. Use the Boolean Search Operators (AND/OR) to connect your keywords. When used in search boxes, AND, OR and NOT will broaden or narrow your search. This is how it works.
All results would have both calcium AND fatty acids
Results would have either calcium OR fatty acids or both.
Results would have calcium and never fatty acids.
An example search in the PsycINFO database
This search will retrieve documents that include the terms video games and violent, and teen.
An example of a failed search.
Reason: The database will interpret this search as a phrase, so only results where the words are next to each other will appear.
This will expand your searches. If one author uses "teen", another uses "youth", and another uses "adolescent" - they'll all show up in this search.