Choose your search terms carefully
Your search results depend on the words you use. To improve your results, brainstorm synonyms and related terms. For example, if you are looking for articles about teenagers from poor families, your main concepts are Teenagers, Poor, and Families. You may come up with the following synonyms:
Find items with more of your search terms by connecting the keywords using "AND." Type in "AND" or use the Advanced Search option to add more search boxes that automatically include the "AND" operator.
For example, "low-income" AND "teenagers"
Search for variations of terms using an asterisk (*)
Drop the ending of the word and replace it with an asterisk (*) to broaden your results by finding the plural or adjectival forms of the term.
For example: "low-income*" AND "teen*" will also find results for:
"low-income" AND "teens"
"low-incomes" AND "teen"
"low-income" AND "teenager"
"low-incomes" AND "teenager"
"low-income" AND "teenagers"
Use subject headings to find similar items
Databases organize items by attaching keywords and phrases, called subject headings, that describe the content of the item. When you find an item that is relevant and helpful to you, look at the subject headings for the item. Then, click on a subject heading or type it in the search box to find similar items.
Here is an example of a list of search terms for an article found using the keywords (teen*) AND (poor) AND (famil*):
Clicking on the “POOR Communties” or “SOCIAL conditions” links would find more articles related to those subjects.