OR: finds the specified search terms together or separately (gets more results)
i.e.: apples or oranges
AND (+): requires that all search terms be present.
i.e.: cats and dogs
NOT(-): excludes that term from the results (narrows results)
i.e.: bush not president
~word: finds synonyms of the word
i.e.: dogs and ~canines
"Quotation marks" locate exact terms "inside the quotes"
i.e.: "British literature" or "special education"
Truncation and Wildcard(*, ?,#) searches for all variations of a word and alternate spellings, particularly in databases such as EBSCOhost
Truncation finds alternate endings of a word, i.e., child* = children, childhood, childlike, etc.
Wildcard ? replaces a single character in a word, i.e.: te?t = tent, test and text
Wildcard # searches for possible alternate spellings, i.e., colo#r = color or colour (American vs British spelling)