Put quotation marks (" ") around search terms to search for them as a phrase. Example: "reference grammar".
Use the asterisk symbol (*) to retrieve variant endings of the search term. For example, a search for morpholog* will retrieve morphology, morphologies, morphological, morphologist, etc.
Authors may publish their works under different names or variations of the same name over the course of their lifetimes. Try searching for different combinations of an author's name or try using some of the advanced search features in our databases to search by an author's institutional affiliation (e.g., Brandeis) or their ORCID ID, if they have one.
Use parentheses ( ) around your search terms to group them together. Example: (autism OR autistic) AND lexical will search for resources that mention either autism or autistic AND then lexical.
Remember to be flexible with your keywords when you’re searching in our library catalog and databases. Think of synonyms and related terms that you can use in your search. Also pay attention to the subject terms and keywords that are used for resources on your topic. The terms that are used to tag an article may differ between databases.
For example, compare how the keywords / index terms / subject headings for Prof. Sophia Malamud’s article change between these three databases: