computers, keyword searching was non-existent, but now it is the most common
search method used. In fact, search engines like Google only allow keyword
searching. You probably use keyword searching all the time and don't even
Keyword searching is a method for searching online
databases and Internet search engines that allows the user to enter their
own words or phrases to describe their topic. The database or search
engine will then search the contents of its database to match and display
all records that contain those words or phrases.
does not take into account words that have multiple meanings. For
example a search for turkey (the bird) will also return results about Turkey
(the country). For this reason, keyword searching works best with
It is also important to be aware that a keyword search
in one database is not always equivalent to a keyword search in another
database. For example, a keyword search in the ProQuest database
searches every word including the citation, abstract and any full-text
articles. A keyword search in Ebsco's Academic Search Premier database
searches only the citation and abstract, not full-text articles.
you are searching for multiple terms or phrases, you must develop a search
statement in order to perform an effective keyword search in a database.
The next page will take you through the steps of constructing your search