To get started with your search, you need to have a clear understanding of what you are being asked to research, write about, or answer.
Search engines like it best when you use keywords or phrases, rather than sentences when searching. Break down your topic or question into a few keywords.
Search engines only search the exact words you input.
It's important to search a variety of search words, as not every author will use the exact same words that you have chosen to search.
Searching "assessment" as well as exams
searching "colleges" as well as universities
searching "plagiarism" as well as cheating
You can combine multiple search words using search connectors, sometimes called Boolean operators. Boolean operators include: AND, OR, NOT.
Using connectors can improve the relevancy of your results, as the search engine or database will search your keywords in a more specific and filtered way.
Click on the Boolean searching tab to learn more about how to use connectors.