Once you complete a search, use the database search tools to limit the quantity and type of your results. While the tools below are from an EBSCO database, all McQuade databases feature tools that will limit results to sources that are schoarly or peer reviewed, published within a specific date range, or availble as Full-Text.
Use the Thesaurus tool found in the top toolbar of EBSCO databases to find for more precise search terms and subjects that will produce better search results.
Use the Topic Finder in Gale Databases to find sources organized visually by subject.
Use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to connect keywords and search terms. Using these operators helps you search the databases more effectively, and efficiently by retrieving more accurate results.
Use to connect two unlike words and your search:
Use to connect two similar words and your search:
Use to from your search results:
Use truncation to maximize complex searches. Place an asterisk (*) after the root of one your keywords to perform a Truncated search. This search is useful for plural terms, or words with multiple endings as this will search for all the endings at the same time.