v Use the List of KEYWORDS you came up with while brainstorming.
v Keep searches SIMPLE. Don’t include words like a, an, the, in, etc.
v Use CONNECTORS, like AND and OR to combine terms in your search:
§ AND= fewer results:
literacy AND employment
§ OR= more results (use for similar terms):
literacy OR illiteracy or under educated
§ NOT= Allows you to eliminate unwanted terms:
Drugs NOT alcohol
v Use TRUNCATION (usually * or ? – check “help” to see which one to use) the root of a word to expand a search.
Addict* = addict, addictive, addiction, etc.
v Be FLEXIBLE. If one search doesn’t work, try using some of your other keywords. Find additional keywords in articles that you have found and use those.