Before starting your research, think of different search terms you might want to use.
For example, if you were researching the suffrage movement, you might also want to search:
Want to search something as an exact phrase? Simply add quotes.
Unlike most search engines, library databases allow you to search with precision. By using the following connecting words, you can find the most relevant results.
Connecting search terms with AND will return only results that have both of your search terms. For example:
women AND voting
Connecting search terms with OR will return results that have either of your search terms. For example:
voting OR suffrage
Want to search variations of a single word? Use an asterisk mark (*) at the spot where word variations begin.
Oftentimes, you will have to adjust your search strategy to find the best sources for your topic
Questions? Ask a librarian!