The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.
Now copy and paste the above Search Strategy into a database search box.
Databases use three primary operators to determine how you want your search to be run:
OR will find synonyms
cat OR feline
AND will combine ideas
cattle AND horses
NOT will exclude terms
mustangs NOT cars
Additionally, the use of () will allow the database to know how you want your search terms to be interpreted:
(horse OR equine) AND (hoof OR hooves) AND lameness
will bring much more relevant results as the search must include at least one term from the three primary concepts used (either or both of the terms horse/equine) AND (either or both of the terms hoof/hooves) AND the term lameness
Virginia Tech/University Libraries- Kiri De Bose
Name of Original LibGuide - Hyperlinked back to the original page. https://guides.lib.vt.edu/subject-guides/apsc/searches
Compare the above to this to the search:
horse OR equine AND hoof OR hooves AND lameness
where the blue indicates what and how the terms would be searched for and brought back in the results list. Here, results would include items that contained any of the following conditions:
anything with the term horse would be retrieved (so this would include anything about nutrition, reproduction, management, etc.);
anything with both of the terms equine and hoof would be returned (this would include things that weren't related to lameness);
anything that had both the terms hooves and lameness would be returned (as the concept of "horse" is not tied to this, the results would include anything that also discussed sheep, cattle, and other animals with hooves that are lame).