Basic search techniques can be as simple as a Google search or as complicated as the Boolean in algebra. For the detailed searching techniques, use the Searching Techniques tab.
Some of the basic searches are
" " around a word phrase -- "solar energy"
AND means the article has to talk about both, AND makes search results smaller -- cats AND dogs
OR means the article can talk about either one. OR makes searches bigger -- cats OR dogs
SU in most databases means this has to be a subject term -- SU (cats OR dogs) has to be in the subject terms list.
TI means the word has to be in the title of the article -- TI (cats OR dogs) has to be in the title of the article.
If you don't know where to start, these databases work for most classes on the Polytechnic campus: