Boolean Searching: Conjunction words used to combine or exclude keywords in a search
AND = Both terms
OR = Either one of these terms
NOT = Without this term
Near Searching: Specifies how close words appear together in a text.
Example: If you would like words to occur within the same sentence or paragraph, use N12 (in EBSCO) or ~12 (in JSTOR) to request that the search terms appear within 12 words of each other.
EBSCO Search: Honeybees N12 "colony collapse disorder"
JSTOR Search: "Honeybees colony collapse disorder" ~12
Truncation/Wildcard Searching: If a search term has multiple endings, search the root word and add an asterisks (*) at the end.
Example: Significan* searches Significance, Significant, and Significantly
Phrases: To search multiple words as an exact phrase, use double quotation marks
Example: “white-tailed deer”
Subject Headings: Subject headings are standardized controlled vocabulary that groups articles together by theme or topic. Subject headings attempt to combat challenges posed by synonyms.
Limiters/Filters: Most databases allow you to narrow your search results according to certain criteria. Common limiters (also called filters) include: Full-text, Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, Publication Date, Publication Type, and Language.