Most databases use a controlled vocabulary to organize information and make browsing more efficient and specific to chosen terms. When building your search string, consider keywords, synonyms or related terms. See several examples in the table below.
|Subject Terms||Related Terms|
|Writing Composition||writing processes, writing skills, writing strategies, writing instruction|
|Reading Comprehension||reading skills, critical reading, reading strategies|
|Vocabulary||lexicology, vocabulary development, vocabulary skills, word lists|
Combine or group terms or concepts using the Boolean operator "AND" to refine your search string: vocabulary AND word lists or try the search string: writing composition AND writing processes . Check to see if the database offers a Thesaurus or a Subject Terms tab or link. For instance, the database Academic Search Premier offers a "subject terms" tab, and the ERIC database features a "thesaurus" tab. Enter terms in the Browsing box to see how the database recognizes them.
Depending on the database, it may offer a variety of ways to limit your results:
For articles that are not available in full text, use the InterLibrary Loan service.
YouTube video created by NSU Libraries on how to search multiple EBSCOhost databases simultaneously.