Constructing a Keyword Search
and both terms must be present
second language and cultural differences
or either term may be present
cultural differences or multilingualism
group terms joined by OR
(cultural differences or multilingualism) and second language
* wildcard, finds characters beyond the root word (some databases have other symbols)
minorit* finds minority, minorities
Concentrate on searching with descriptors or subject terms. Look for them in a record or search for them if the database (such as ERIC or LLBA) has a thesaurus.
Sometimes less is more. If you search has a lot of aspects to it, focus on a few of the most important concepts.