Searching effectively centers around knowing:
- if the tool you're using is:
- Mainly full-text searchable or with a very limited number of fields, or
- Fully field searchable
- What EXACTLY is covered by the tool you are using (content, format, and dates at a minimum)
Full-Text Searching or Very limited number of fields
- Tools such as Google, Google Books, Google Scholar, ScienceDirect, ASC Journal Search and JSTOR fall into this category
- You are stuck in the position of guessing what words somebody else used to describe your interest.
- Try lots of searches with lots of different synonyms and related terms.
- Be wary of the limited fields that are searchable and make sure you understand their limitations (abstract searching for example)
- Fully formed databases of records (think library catalogs) that add full-text only after the indexing is done.
- More powerful for a good searcher.
- Check what fields are available for searching
- Learn to read a record for details
- Become an expert SUBJECT searcher, don't rely on keywords only.