Truncation - finds words starting with the word stem you have typed. Most common truncation symbol is the asterisk *
obes* = obese, obesity
child* = child, childhood, childlike, children
Exact Phrase - use quotation marks for exact phrase(s)
"high fructose corn syrup"
Wildcard - used to substitute letters inside a word
wom?n = woman OR women
colo?r = color OR colour
Use AND/OR (Boolean Operators) to combine concepts. These strategies are universal - you can use them in any databases, catalogs, or search engines (even Google!).
AND - narrows the search
Documentary AND Music
AND - gets info when both concepts are present
OR - broadens the search
Music OR Score OR Soundtrack
OR - gets info if any of the concepts are present
Group synonyms together using parenthesis.
(documentary OR non-fiction) AND (music OR score OR soundtrack)