It is important that you don't just search for a whole sentence or question and instead think carefully about what are your most important keywords
e.g. Discuss methods of achieving success at university
Your keywords would be success AND university
The database will just search for the keywords you enter into the search box, therefore you need to think about all the different ways something might be described
e.g. university may also be described as "higher education" OR college OR "educational institution"
In order to keep two or more words together as a phrase, enclose them in quotation marks
e.g. "higher education" will look for the phrase "higher education" rather than individual words, "higher" and "education".
A number of databases allow you to use the asterisk symbol * to save you time
e.g. manag* will find manage, manages, managed, managing, management etc.
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