The best way to find articles would be to use the Discover@UMSL search tool, which can be found on the library's homepage. Discover brings up many different results from all of our various databases, but not everything. If you would like search on a more specific topic, consider searching directly in one of our subject-specific databases.
Break down your search into concepts. Develop a list of synonyms.
EXAMPLE: "early childhood" AND education
Other terms for early childhood could be preschool, kindergarten, or "young children."
Combining different terms gives you different terms.
Clearly define your search statement. Trouble spots to look out for:
Too Broad - EXAMPLE: children
Too Narrow - EXAMPLE: children AND "special needs" AND autism
[NOTE: To search a phrase use quotes]