A database contains journals in which articles are published.
A Boolean search combines keywords with operators (AND, NOT, and OR) to produce more relevant results when you are searching.
Some databases allow certain symbols to be used for searching multiple forms of a word. The Help section of each database will tell you if these symbols will work for seaches in their databases.
Plurals -- A plus sign (+) added to the end of a word instructs the database to search for singular and plural forms of a word. Example: holiday+ retrieves holiday or holidays
Truncation -- An asterisk (*) added to the end of a root word instructs the database to search for all forms of a word. Example: house* retrieves house, houses, households, etc.
Wildcards -- A wildcard is a symbol used to represent any character. The pound symbol (#) is often used as a wildcard. Example: wom#n retrieves woman or women
Citation searching is a technique used to gain scholarly insight and find resources relating to a particular topic. Using a particularly good resource you have found for a project,
Look backwards - at the reference list. An examination of the resources cited in an article or book can:
Look forwards - find out if other researchers have cited this resource. This can give you insight into: