Multiple Key Words or Phrases: Place in separate boxes or separate by Boolean operators. Don’t string them together all on one line as you would in Google.
Use key words to search, not full sentences: "parental consent" AND abortion not should a teenager have to get parental consent before having an abortion?
Put phrases in quotation marks: "corporate social responsibility" "child labor" "fiduciary responsibility" "global warming" "Keynesian economics"
Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings. For example: ethic* will retrieve records for ethic, ethics, ethical, ethicist
Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search
AND: (“corporate social responsibility” AND Nike) Narrows your search so that only records containing both search terms come back to you.
OR: (worker OR employee) Broadens your search so that all records containing the term worker as well as all records containing the term employee come back to you.
NOT: ("trade agreements" NOT NAFTA) Narrows your search so that you get records about trade agreements but none that are about NAFTA