Which words you choose when searching can greatly affect your results. When conducting a search, it's not uncommon to receive too many or too few results, often leading to utter frustration. When this happens, using synonyms or a thesaurus to create alternative text could provide you with more accurate search results.
TV versus Television
Old versus Antique versus Vintage
New versus Modern
Film versus Movie
News versus Media
This type of searching allows researchers to combine words using the operators AND, OR, and NOT to expand or limit their search.
It is important that researchers remember to use filters to limit their search results. By using filters such as language, date of publication, discipline, or content type, researchers will have few results to comb through, thus making their search more efficient. Using filters and limiters can greatly increase the chance of finding more appropriate and effective resources.
These tips work in many of Penn State's databases: