The first step in the search process is getting a grip on the key terms. For an example, let's try the following hypothesis:
Women are more likely to conform than men.
First, we isolate the important phrases; in this case, "women," "men," and "conform." We can use these phrases as starting points for a list of synonymous terms, broader and narrower topics, related words, and reversed word orders. Here's a quick list:
Phrases are searched as keywords unless they are surrounded by quotation marks (" ").
Another helpful tool is truncation. Using an asterisk (*) at the end of a root of a word will search all endings. For example, a search with "conform*" searches the following: