|Boolean operator combines all search terms
|mother AND father
|Boolean operator finds either search term
|salary OR wage
|Excludes term to the right of the operator
|pepsi NOT coke
|Indicates order of search; items in () are found first
|(mouse OR rat) AND trap
|Searches for words in the order entered
|Searches for the root word and various endings
|Searches for a single character within / at the end of a word
|Searching within a specific field of a record
|Entering 'rowling' in the Author field to find documents written by the author Rowling
|Narrowing a search (results) according to certain criteria
|Using the 'Peer reviewed' filter to retrieve only peer reviewed documents
An effective database search is a combination of well-chosen search terms, applying the search techniques listed above.
Topic: prevention of youth crime.
prevent* AND ("youth crim*" OR "juvenile delinquen*")
Topic: impact of television viewing on aggressive behavior in children.
(television OR TV) AND (“aggressive behavio?r” OR aggression) AND (child* OR kid?)