Quotation marks: Use quotations marks around your keywords for an exact or phrase search. This tool will give you specific (fewer) results because it searches for your keywords together, exactly as you’ve entered them.
Examples: "social media" "pay gap"
Parentheses: Use parentheses around keywords separated by the word OR to expand your search.
Example: ("police brutality" OR "police corruption" OR "police ethics") (debate OR controversy OR argument)
Asterisk: Use this to shorten a word and search for all possible endings of a root word. This tool will give you more results. For controversies, try adding these words to your search.
Example: "discrimin* (debate OR argument OR controversy)
Combining words and phrases: Combine keywords when searching. You may have to try more than one search to find what you want. Try your search with and without quotation marks around phrases.
(cell phones OR smart phones) classroom
("cell phones" OR "smart phones") students
Adding site:.edu to your search to retrieve educational sites (or site:.gov to your search to retrieve government sites). Try adding pdf.
Example: "refugee camps" child* family separation U.S. site:.edu pdf