Search by Subject: is the most precise way to search article databases. Database looks for subjects only in the subject heading or descriptor field, where the most relevant words appear
Search by Keyword: is how you typically search web search engines. Think of important words or phrases and type them in to get results.
Advanced Search Options:
- They connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results.
- The three basic boolean operators are: AND, OR, and NOT.
Use AND in a search to:
- narrow your results
- tell the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting records
Use OR in a search to:
- connect two or more similar concepts (synonyms)
- broaden your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records
Use NOT in a search to:
- exclude words from your search
- narrow your search, telling the database to ignore concepts that may be implied by your search terms
Stop words are frequently occurring, insignificant words that appear in a database record, article or web page.
Common stop words include: a, an, the, in, of, on, are