The Search Strategy Builder, from Arizona University Libraries, is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and past the results into most databases’ search boxes.
To effectively search the library catalog or databases for relevant information, it is important to develop a search strategy. After choosing a topic, the next step is to develop a research question. A research question will help you identify keywords. What is a keyword? A keyword is a specific term which describes an event, person or place. Keywords help you find information in a catalog or database. Once you have selected a keyword or keywords, brainstorm to identify synonmyms and related terms. Using different search terms will help you find more information on your research topic.
Research Question: How does Facebook affect personal privacy?
Keywords: Facebook and Privacy
Related Terms: Social Network and Confidentiality