The research subject section of this tutorial discussed how to define subject keywords to use in searching. The simplest way to perform a search is to enter some keywords and see what happens, usually this will return too many, too few, or irrelevant, results. In order to search effectively you need to translate those keywords into the language of electronic tools such as search engines and databases.
The string of text you enter into the search box is known as a search string.
This section provides help in the various aspects of constructing a search string. To fully understand the examples used it is recommended that you look at the following pages in order, however this is not essential.
After reading through the above pages look at this example which combines all the above aspects of constructing a search string and demonstrates how to search an electronic concordance.