Use AND to connect ideas
Use ( OR ) to search synonyms or related terms:
(women OR female) AND (musicians OR singers)
Place names or other phrases in quotations:
Use truncation to search all forms of a word:
music* for music, musical, musician, musicians…
Use subject headings: find them under “subjects”, “thesaurus” or “index.” JSTOR doesn’t have s.h.’s; for more precision, search the abstract only.
Check HELP: not all databases use the same commands!!
AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:
Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.