Learn how to expand or narrow searches, use nesting, phrase searching, truncation and wildcards, proximity, and more

Search success

A successful search strategy involves determining the best search terms to use, and then formulating the best search combination.  This is an iterative process.

Begin your process by identifying the main subjects you'd like to explore, and identify synonyms. 

Do a preliminary search in FASTsearch or even Google Scholar to determine if your initial search terms are yielding the results you want.

Make modifications to your search strategy as necessary, consulting database thesauri or examining the subject headings and keywords assigned to relevant articles.

Employ relevant search tools and techniques as outlined in this guide.