Library databases and Google can't be searched the same way so take a few moments to come up with a search strategy before diving into a database.
Sample topic: The role of writing in endangered languages.
Step 1: Think about the key concepts of your topic and search those instead of an entire phrases or sentences.
Step 2: Think of other terms you could use that are synonyms or related (they could be a broader or narrower aspect). This often requires that you do a little background research to learn more.
Step 3: Connect your terms using AND and OR:
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