Welcome! Please find below search strategies and techniques to better find the sources you want and need.
- Use keywords (the words with the most significance).
- Experiment with keywords by going broad and alternatively going specific (e.g., loss vs. "passive activity loss").
- Try to anticipate the words experts and academics would likely use.
- Put quotations around phrases.
- A search for simple trusts might return results with the words separated, but "simple trusts" can return results with the words in that exact order.
Limit with Filters
- You can limit and tidy up your results with filters (often on the left side of results).
- Adjust the publication date range if the information or subject is affected by developments, innovation, findings, and/or discoveries.
- Check-mark the source types that will have the information you're looking for, excluding the types that will not.
- Check-mark and play around with the other filters to show results that are in a specific language, or that have a subject heading (tag) provided by the publishers, etc.
Refocus with Boolean Operators
- Boolean operators are terms you can use to broaden or narrow your search.
- The three basic operators are: AND, OR, and NOT.
- AND links keywords and phrases
- OR allows for synonym keywords and phrases
- NOT excludes keywords and phrases
Example: ("accounts receivable" OR AR) NOT ("augmented reality" OR Arkansas)