AND - use this when ALL the words must be in your results. This will narrow your results. Example: apples AND oranges; peanut butter AND jelly
OR - use this to connect synonyms, when ANY can come back in your results. This will broaden a search. Example: women OR woman OR girl; cat OR kitty OR kitten
NOT - use with caution since this will eliminate results with the specified word.
Most of our databases provide limit options that you can use to help narrow your search. Most databases have at least these two limits:
Academic Search Complete, Proquest and many of our other databases provide additional limits you may want to use such as:
Some databases provide unique limit options such as ERIC:
Many of our databases also offer special searching functions which can be really helpful. When you are in a new database click on Help to see what is available. A couple of the functions to look for are: