Use OR to combine synonyms so you can find articles that include any of your words.
Use the * (asterisk) at the end of a root word to find that word and all of it's possible endings.
For example, searching Canad* will retrieve any articles that contain the words Canada, Canadian or Canadians.
This is also called truncation. Be careful! Not all databases use the * (asterisk).
Use " " (quotation marks) to search for a phrase. This will ensure that you only find articles that contain those exact words in that exact order.
Need to find background or basic information on a topic from a journal article? Add the term 'review' to your search as another concept. Review articles summarize the information known on a topic which make them great for getting started!
("travelling salesman problem" OR TSP) AND review
How can we teach financial literacy to university students?
becomes teach, financial literacy and students
teach can also be thought of as learning or education
financial literacy can be phrased as financially literate
(teach OR learning OR education)
AND (financial literacy OR financially literate)
(teach* OR learn* OR educat*) AND (“financial literacy” OR “financially literate”) AND (student*)