After you've picked a database, you will need to develop a search strategy for finding relevant articles. While some databases may look different, they typically have similar search features. Depending on the database you choose, you should be able to apply several of the strategies listed below.
Truncation is a search technique that broadens your search to include various word endings.
To truncate your search terms, replace the word ending with an asterik *.
How using limits can narrow a search:
For example: In the database, Historical Abstracts, you can filter your search results for peer review, publication date, document type, language, subject, etc.
The image below illustrates how applying limits will help you narrow your search results.
Databases use subject headings to organize their articles.
In most cases, those subject headings are hyperlinked and will take you to a list of articles with the same subject heading.