The purpose of this guide is to provide fast answers to frequently asked questions about composing queries for database searches. Questions like:
- What symbol does this database use for truncating search terms?
- How do I search for an exact phrase in this database?
- What Boolean operators are allowed?
Designed for quick consultation, each section is laid out as a simple table, written in a terse prose style, and formatted for easy printing (click "Print This Page" on the right of the screen).
The guide is organized by interface. Sometimes, a database has its own interface (e.g. JSTOR), but more commonly a single interface provides access to multiple database titles.