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 concept: What is the purpose of fireflies' light?
Step 1: Think about the key concepts of your topic and search those instead of entire phrases or sentences.
Step 2: Think of other terms you could use that are synonyms or related. This often requires that you do a little background research to learn more, such as scientific terms and overviews of the species you chose.
Step 3: Think of aspects of this broader topic you'd like to explore. If you don't know enough about it, do a search in a background source (see the next tab in this guide) to find narrower aspects. For example, you may identify reasons for bioluminescence such as communication more broadly, or mating more specifically.
Step 4: Create your database search strings
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