This page has tips that will help you search more effectively and efficiently for sources.
These terms enable combinations of words (i.e. your keywords) to be searched at one time with different results, depending on the Boolean Operator used.
If you are searching a phrase, like American Civil War, you will want to put your phrase in quotation marks (“American Civil War”) so that it will be searched as a phrase and not as separate words.
Truncation enables multiple forms of words to be searched at one time. To capture all of them at once, you insert a truncation symbol after the root of the word. This principle works in many databases, although the symbol for truncation may differ from database to database.
For example, histor* would retrieve results with the terms: history, histories, historian, historians, etc.