The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.
Now copy and paste the above Search Strategy into a database search box.
Moving from a Research Question to an effective Search Strategy involves breaking down a Research Question into its Core Concepts, brainstorming Keywords, and then constructing an effective Search Strategy using Boolean operators, nesting, truncation, and phrase searching. Below is an example - and then you can use the Search Strategy Builder for your own topic.
Now, I can copy and paste this Search Strategy into the database search field:
(multiracial* OR biracial* OR bicultural* OR multiethnic* OR multicultural*) AND identity
Use the Search Strategy Builder to help you construct your search strategy!
"Moving from a Research Question to a Search Strategy" by Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Here is a blank worksheet that you can use to break down your Research Question into its Core Concepts and then construct an effective Search Strategy using Boolean operators, nesting, truncation, and phrase searching.