Search databases with keywords that describe the topic, author or title. Use AND, OR or NOT to connect keywords and place quotation marks around keyword phrases. Adding an asterisk after the root of the word retrieves variations of the word, including singular and plural forms.
hemingway AND "fifth column"
"popular culture" OR "pop culture"
hemingway NOT mariel
psych* = psychiatrist, psychiatrists, psychological, psychology, psychoanalytical
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