Use AND between keywords to narrow your search.
Example: pirates AND sea
Use OR between keywords to expand your search.
Example: (pirates OR piracy) AND (sea OR maritime)
Use NOT between keywords to exclude irrelevant results from your search.
Example: (pirates OR piracy) NOT copyright
Tip! The citations you can copy from EBSCOhost almost always have the wrong formatting, ex. capitalization. Be sure to correct those if you use them.
When choosing databases to use for your research, there are several factors to consider:
If you have a general topic, and are not sure where to search, it is a good idea to start in Academic Search Complete, which is a general database with some information on almost every topic.
Choosing the right database is one of the most important parts of the research process. If you are not familiar with the databases, ask a librarian for help.