Creating a concept map can help you set up your search. Pose your research question then determine the elements of your search. Add synonyms to create a great search!
These strategies apply to almost any database (or search engine), from Google to Academic Search Complete. Use a Concept Map to think about your research question before you start the actual searching (see right).
Databases, including Google, use Boolean Logic to combine search terms. (Google assumes an "AND" between search terms). Boolean operators allow you to combine synonyms and concepts and eliminate different meanings of words
The Boolean Operators are AND, OR, NOT