Avoid technical jargon, slang and abbreviations
Think up lots of synonyms and related words for a concept and use all of them
Pick one word for a concept and use just that one
Broadens the topic (increases the number of search results)
For keywords and concepts that are optional
Around phrases of two or more words
To surround keywords joined by OR
To get different endings like animal(s) or educate(d)
I should get my Empire State College photo ID and go to a nearby SUNY, CUNY, or New York state community college library.
I should buy them from an online bookstore like Amazon.com
I should go to my local public library.
I should ask my instructor to borrow the books and articles that they recommend.
Trains AND planes AND automobiles AND boats
(trains OR planes OR automobiles) NOT boats
(trains OR planes OR automobiles) AND boats
(trains AND planes AND automobiles) NOT boats