While the various electronic databases may look quite different when you see their search screens, most databases work in much the same way. It will simplify your searching if you develop a brief search strategy before you start searching:
For example: Is our privacy compromised when we use the internet?
Other terms for 'privacy:'
Right of privacy
Other terms for 'internet:'
Web, WWW, World Wide Web
Most databases offer four basic ways to search and find information: by title, author, keyword or subject. A title or author search is fairly straightforward, and assumes that you already know either the title of a particular article, or the name of its author. The difference between a keyword and subject search, however, is important enough that understanding how the two types of searches differ could have an impact on your search results.
In a nutshell:
A Keyword search: uses 'natural language'—words that we use in everyday speech;
A Subject search: uses 'controlled vocabulary'—specific words or phrases chosen by the creators of the database.
When doing a title search, if the title begins with an article such a A, An, or The, omit the article when typing in the title, e.g. The Privacy Invaders becomes Privacy Invaders.