AND - narrows a search; Use to combine key concepts, for example: social studies AND teaching methods.
OR - broadens a search; Use to add concepts, for example: drugs OR alcohol.
NOT - excludes search term(s). Use to eliminate a concept, for example: children NOT infants. Use sparingly!
For more details, see Using Boolean operators.
Use quotation marks to search a phrase, for example: "higher education"
Use a truncation symbol, such as *, ? or # to find several words with the same root, for example:
child* (finds child, children, childish and childhood)
writ# (finds writer, writers, writing and writings)
behavio?r (finds behavior and behaviour)
Use a truncation symbol when there multiple spellings of a name or word, for example:
Kath* (finds Katherine, Kathryn, Katharine, Katheryn, Kathrine, Kathryne)
Electronic records are organized into separate fields. A typical record includes the following major fields: title, author, and subject. Databases often have several other fields, such as keyword, location, date, and journal title. Most catalogs and databases allow users to search specific fields individually or in combination. For