A basic practical search strategy will include all three parts for both topic and known item searching:
- The words you type in (and trucation when appropriate)
- How you combine the words (Boolean operators and phrase searching)
- In what field(s) (title, abstract, author, full text and so on) you tell the database to look for the words Use your results to find new words on your topic to search.
These are generic database strategies that work in most every database. Give choosing your database some attention since each one varies in formats (books, articles…) and topics that they offer.