Creating good search statements will help speed up your research and retrieve the best results while hopefully minimizing the number of irrelevant results. The strategies mentioned on this page - using keywords, boolean operators, truncation and phrases - are not absolutely required for all search engines but they can make any search engine, even Google, work better for you.
Example: What is the relationship between
advertisements and teenagers' self image?
|Library Catalog (WYLDCAT)||EBSCOhost & ProQuest|
Finds everything with the words
teen, teens, or teenagers
|not necessary, uses fuzzy search to locate similar terms||teen*|
television AND violence
AND, OR and NOT operators
Boolean example courtesy of Crystal Stratton