Academic Database Searching How to find articles using the library databases
Identifying Keywords Before you begin searching in a library database, determine what keywords you will use. Make a list of common keywords for your topic
Truncation For some keywords, it may be a good idea to truncate, or cut off the last part, and include all variations of the word
For example: Work* will give all the words that begin with work such as: worker, work, working, workforce, workplace etc. You can also use a ? As a wildcard, wo?k
Be careful using truncation though. If you truncate a word such at cat* when you wanted cats. You will end up with all kinds of other words such as catalog, cataclysm, catacomb, etc. Truncation will also give you more results and may be a good idea when you are searching a keyword that is less common or when you need articles with more than one combination of a word such as Wom?nwhich will give you woman, or women.
Be careful though, because you can end up with too many results.
Boolean Operators Booleans are used to combine search terms. The words and, or, not are booleans. You may need to use these to generate more specific results.
For example: illegal immigration not Mexico would give you only results that do not talk about Mexico. immigration and Mexico would give you only results that talk about Mexico.