You can use a number of different search strategies to help you find the information you need. The most popular are Boolean Operators, Phrases, Truncation, and Wildcards.
This Search Tips Guide provides useful tips for when you are conducting your search:
Boolean operators are used to connect your search terms and enable you to broaden, narrow, and exclude specific terms in your search.
AND: Use AND to narrow your search by combining your terms so that each search result contains all of the terms. For example, management AND leadership will retrieve results with both terms.
OR: Use OR to broaden your search by combining search terms so that each result contains at least one of terms. For example, “human resources” OR management finds results that contain either term.
NOT: You can use NOT to exclude any terms so that each result does not include that term. For example, “human resources” NOT management finds results that contain human resources but not management.
Use wildcard symbols to create a search where there are unknown characters, multiple spellings or various endings.
The Question-mark Wildcard
Use the ? wildcard to match one letter. When you enter your search terms, replace each unknown letter with a ?.
For example: use organi?ation to find all records containing organisation or organization.
The Pound/Hash Wildcard
Use the # wildcard to find a term with an alternate spelling containing an extra character.
For example: use labo#r to find all records containing labor or labour.
NB - This technique will not be recognised if used inside inverted commas.
Use Truncation when there are multiple spellings and various endings of search terms.
Enter the root of a search term and use an * to replace the ending. Using the * will retrieve all forms of that word.
For example: you could use manage* to find the words manage, managed, or management.