mistake students often make when searching an online database is they forget
to translate their research question into a form the database will
understand. The way you enter your search into a
database will have a strong correlation with the results it returns.
First of all, you do not want to
use whole sentences or questions. Always identify key terms.
Second, you want to connect your
key terms together using a
Here is an example of a research
question translated into computerese:
How many accidents were caused by people
using their cell phones while driving?
cell phones and statistics and accidents