Common features of academic databases include the ability to:
Databases provide a useful Help feature - usually in the top right hand corner of the screen. Look for the Help button.
See screenshot from Proquest Search tips showing how to truncate terms on Proquest databases.
Database producers provide both technical support and expert advice regarding search strategy. Look for the links to Support and Contact us on each database.
Use the online tutorial link to build up your search skills in each database.
Tip: When browsing our list of databases, click on Details and look for the Online Tutorial link on the right, as shown below:
Look out for links to online tutorials within each database, these are often context sensitive. See screenshot from Web of Science below with an example of a context sensitive tutorial link: