Use search filters to narrow your search. Each database is different, but look for:
Combine multiple search terms using AND and related terms using OR. Always use parentheses with OR statements. For example, if you search Black Lives Matter AND (social media OR Twitter) AND activism your search must include Black Lives Matter, activism and either social media or Twitter in the results.
You can also keep words together using quotation marks. For example, searching "Black Lives Matter" searches for those three words together instead of searching separately for Black, lives, and matter.
You can search multiple endings by truncating your search. Not all databases are the same, but typically you can use an asterisk. For example, activis* searches for activist, activism
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