Combining Ideas

Because databases are highly structured, you can use special techniques to search them more effectively. When you want to find more than one word or idea, you need to enter your search in a way that the database will understand.

Consider this tip: Think of the nouns related to your topic. These will usually be better keywords to search than adjectives, prepositions, or pronouns. For example, rather than searching for "effects of Internet use on children" you should try combining the main ideas, such as: "Internet and children and effects".

Connector words such as AND and OR are important to use when you combine ideas. The following pages will show you how to successfully search using these two terms.

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