Boolean operators; AND, NOT, OR. For a visual description of the three Boolean tools, click on the Venn diagram from the University of Oklahoma.
Search strategy example; (unstable OR deteriorating OR acute) AND patient AND (elderly OR older OR aged)
“Phrase searching”, this is using quote marks. For example, searching “cystic fibrosis” with the quotation will only show results of this exact phrase.
Truncation * is useful to find words with different endings. Commonly using the asterisk symbol, but this may change depending on the database. Going to the help page and searching truncation, will specific what symbol to use. For example, for child* = child, childs, children, childrens, childhood OR genetic* = genetic, genetics, genetically
Wildcard is for replacing a single character. For example, wom?n will retrieve woman or women
Document your search strategies. You can use these in other databases.
Document any useful pieces of evidence.
This will save you time in the long run!