Use AND and OR to make database searches more effective.
Connect different terms with AND
Connect similar terms with OR
Search for variant endings with truncation:
The truncation symbol is usually an asterisk * in the databases.
Combine AND and OR in a single search, using parentheses to group your terms, like an equation. This is sometimes called nesting or grouping:
Note that some databases require quotation marks around any terms you want to search as a phrase:
Subject terms: When you find a relevant article, look at the subject terms (sometimes called descriptors) that are used to describe it. They may be useful in a new search.
Try using some of these search words in Lesley Library's @LL Search, your one stop shop for searching within all of Lesley's holdings for relevant material. For more search tips, look here.
To search within specialized databases, consider the following:
* Tip: You can cross-search these EBSCO databases. From within one database, click the "Choose databases" link, above to the search box, and check the boxes to add additional databases to your search.
On-campus users at Lesley University will see additional links in Google Scholar search results which facilitate access to Lesley's resources.
Off-campus users will need to configure your affiliation:
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