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Student Development 140 - College Success


Search all the library's databases in OneSearch. Start with a general search and the use the filters to narrow the results.

Keywords to use

Try using the following keywords when looking information about a career.

  • (career OR occupation OR "vocational guidance") AND [your career]
  • (wages OR salaries)
  • "employment forecasting"
  • occupations
  • "career preparation"
  • "career development"
  • "job hunting"
  • resumes OR "cover letters"


  • "performing arts" OR artists OR actors
  • "social workers" OR "social worker"
  • "sports management"
  • teachers OR teaching


Search Strategies

Refining your search results when looking for information is easy if you know a few searching techniques.  These search strategies work when looking for information from the library databases or Google.


Phrase Searching

Put quotation marks around terms you want to search as a phrase.

“law enforcement”   “career development”   “sports management”


Boolean Operators

Refine your search using Boolean operators. The three most common Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT, but there are others available.


Use AND to find material with both terms in them:

teachers AND salaries

“social workers” AND “job hunting”


Use OR to find material with either term in them:

(wages OR salaries)

(careers OR “vocational guidance”)

(“law enforcement” OR police)

(“performing arts” OR actors)


Use NOT to eliminate material with a certain keyword or phrase:

teachers NOT professors

Truncate terms to search for the singular, plural, or possessive of a root word.

teach* = teach + teacher + teachers + teaching



Combine terms to create your search string. Below are some examples. Always put your ORs in parenthesis to force the database to do that function first before the rest of the search string.

“teachers” AND (wages OR salaries)

(careers OR “vocational guidance”) AND (“law enforcement” OR police” OR “homeland security”)

anxiety AND prevention AND “college students”

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