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.
E.g. 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 tutorials to build up your search skills in each database.
Look out for links to online tutorials in our library guides and in the database's Help or Support or context sensitive links. See screenshot from Web of Science below with an example of a context sensitive tutorial link: