Research Process

Define Question

Start by clearly defining your research question. What are you searching for? What will a good answer look like?

Explore Search Terms

Explore keywords and subject terms

Organize searches for the most appropriate database


Select the search strategies best for the information environment

Research Strategies

Truncation* and Wildcard? broaden results

Boolean usually narrow results, but can be used to broaden results.


boolean search strategies

illustration of boolean OR expanding search results

illustration of boolean AND limiting search results


Truncation cuts off the end of word, usually to the root, add ending asterisk* to search all different endings

e.g. monast*

retrieves: monastic, monastary


?Wildcard replaces a single character for the symbol ? and will search for keywords with all variations in that place

Specific Database Guides

ProQuest Database Guides