General Rules for Databases
Databases do not answer questions. Do not phrase your search as a question.
Think of keywords or phrases that best describe your search.
For example: If you are investigating how weight effects fuel consumption in a car, do not write: How does the weight of a car effect fuel consumption?
Brainstorm search terms. Choose different terms for different results. For example: car, automobile, weight, fuel, gas, mileage.
Use the ADVANCED Search. This allows you to focus your results.
Use citation tools to create a citation for your source.
Make sure the citation you are using from the database is the correct style for the paper you are citing.
If you are citing in Science or Psychology, make sure you choose APA
If you are citing in History, Math, Foreign Language or English choose MLA