This short video created by Gabriele Library at Immaculata University can help you understand how to create search statements and combine search strategies.
Tips & Tricks
Choose the Scholarly/Peer-Reviewed Journal checkbox in each database before you press search.
Limit your search to full text only if you’re interested in finding articles that are immediately available.
The use of Boolean Operators is an effective search strategy. Using the words AND or NOT will limit your search results, providing you with fewer hits. Using the word OR will expand your search and provide a greater number of results.
Truncation can expand your search results to include information or concepts that you may otherwise overlook. By using a "wildcard" in your search, you may find several variations of the same word or concept.
For an overview of truncation, visit Owens Library's Truncation page.