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Searching Tips & Strategies

Easy steps to search like a pro. Learn these and safe yourself time and energy--and get better results!

Illustration of Database Guidance

For the following keyword search,


Search box showing gay men in the first box, AND as the connecting Boolean operator, and femini* in the second search box.


below on the left is the database's controlled vocabulary and limits, where you can narrow your results, or use the terms to start a new search.


Shows the database's methods of refining results by full text, references available, and scholarly (peer reviewed) journals; by publication date; by source type (academic journals, magazines, newspapers); and Subject: thesaurus term.