General Helpful Database Characteristics: full text, advanced search field, peer reviewed, image search, subject limiters/expanders, times cited, saving options, alerts, citation options, date limits, thesaurus, educational level, visual search
Boolean Searching Use “and” to combine terms together, “or” to find one term, the other term or both, “not” to exclude terms. Other operators are bound searches (“state legislation”), wildcard searches (ne?t), truncated searches (educat*), proximity searches near (N5), within (W8).
Keywords. Think of variations of your terms, including synonyms and historical terms. Use a thesaurus. Think in terms of "caveman talk." This means not speaking as you would naturally (which works in Google), but like a caveman, with emphasis on the nouns.
Example: Meat good.
For your Class: What does this mean? Start to form a thesis, like Is it ethical to eat meat? Keywords: vegan, omnivore, ethic*, vegetarian, animal rights...
you get the point?!