Selected Business Databases
How To Search A Database
Determine Your Search Terms & Methods First
Flexible terminology & easier to do searches. However, less accurate and may provide too much information or unrelated information . Think of synonyms. Affected by Boolean Operators, Truncation Symbols and punctuation
Predetermined rigid terminology & very precise. However, more difficult to use in searches.
Single concept, multiple words. Some electronic resources require keyword phrases be enclosed with punctuation (quotation marks and parenthesis).
Basic phrase, i.e. (computer disk); Proper names , i.e. "Native American"; Hyphenated words, i.e. "x-ray"; Slogans or advertisements, i.e. "kills bugs dead"; Famous quotes, i.e. (to be or not to be); and, Movie or song titles etc., i.e. "Lord of the Rings".
Truncation Symbols Or Wildcards
Non-universal symbols used in searching and used with a root word. Used to replace a vowel or single character. If you wish to search for singular & plural at the same time, a wildcard can replace a vowel or single character in a word taking the place of ‘or’. For example: wom*n would search for woman or women. If searching for multiple endings of a word, a wildcard (research?) would find research, researches, researcher, researchers, researching.
Boolean Operators connect keywords only and must be placed between keywords. Narrowing Searches (AND) -
Boolean Search Primer