Keywords + Connectors = Search
To get the best results in an article database, you need to enter two things into a search screen: keywords and connectors.
Keywords are the words or phrases that best describe your topic.
Keywords are used in searching both the online databases at Pierce and on the web. Although we may think in complete sentences, when we are searching for books and articles we want to search using our keywords rather than using complete sentences.
Research Topic 1: What are the causes of diabetes in children?
Keywords: diabetes children causes
Research Topic 2: What impact do undocumented immigrants have on California's economy?
Keywords: "undocumented immigrants" california economy
Connectors are words or symbols (like and, or, not, quotation marks, etc.) that explain the relationship between my words.
They are the "glue" that hold my words together. To find out how these connectors work, check out the "Constructing your Search" page of this guide.