You can use the following search tips in the databases to help narrow or broaden your search results.
Tips for Database Searching:
Boolean searching: using the terms AND, OR and NOT to enhance your searching possibilities.
AND: used to combine two or more keywords or phrases to narrow your search.
Example: homosexuality AND religion
OR: used to broaden your search by allowing you to search for two or more similar words.
Example: “civil union*” OR “domestic partnership”
NOT: used to narrow your search by eliminating a word or words from your search results.
Example: "human immunodeficiency virus" NOT "acquired immunodeficiency syndrome"
Phrase searching: placing a term in quotation marks to let the computer know to search for specific terms as one phrase rather than separate words
Example: “Lavender scare”
The asterisk (*) can be used to search for several endings of a word at the same time
Example: “sex*” will search for the terms “sexism,” “sexuality,” etc.