The interaction between the human intellect and
different electronic databases is formed through different search terms and
search phrases. The search function in the databases that the Aalto University
Learning Centre either upholds or has bought operates nearly always by
combining different search terms with Boolean operators (Information retrieval
techniques). Search terms should be selected so that they represent
the research subject in the best possible manner. You can use different
thesauri or dictionaries to come up with your search terms (like MOT
Remember to use quotation marks around the words, if you want to search a phrase (two or more words in a specific order). Without quotation marks, many databases are looking for search words individually, and the results will contain irrelevant material.
Be creative with your search phrases and test them out with, for example, Google Scholar. It is important that you develop your search phrases as you advance in your research process.