Figuring out the right search terms is a key part of conducting an effective search whether you are using library databases or searching the web. The process for developing good search terms is the same for both
How do I know what words to enter into a Search Box?
You may be assigned a topic to research or you may be asked to choose your own. Your topic will be your starting point in choosing search terms.
Reminder: Create a list of terms to use in your searches. Include related or alternative words. If one term yields poor results, try another.
Basic Search Terms and Strategies - Single Word or Phrase
Advanced Search Strategies - Combining Words and Phrases
Boolean Searching (AND, OR, NOT)
Use the root of a word and add an asterisk * to search for all variants of the root word.
Don’t worry about doing research. Just search!
- Austin Kleon -