Put quotation marks (" ") around search terms to search for them as a phrase. Example: "carbon emissions."
Use the asterisk symbol (*) to retrieve variant endings of a search term. Example: ecolog* will retrieve ecology, ecologist, ecological, 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: (crows OR corvids) AND vocalization will return items that mention either crows or corvids and vocalization.
This feature is useful if you want to specify your search terms' proximity to each other. The formatting for this feature differs between databases, so check the database's help page if you're not sure what format to use. Here's the formatting you would use in some of our library's databases to search for the word feminist within 4 words of the word ecology: