Always think about different ways to say the same thing. Start with keywords to describe your topic, within results, look at the abstract and subject headings to identify additional keywords to use.
Start with keywords
Place Quotes Around a Phrase: Place an * at the end of the word to retrieve all the variations "marriage equality" role* = role or roles
"gay marriage" feminis * = feminism or feminist
"gender role" sex* = sex or sexual or sexism or sexist
"gender identity" homosexual* = homosexual or homosexuals or homosexuality
" dont ask don't tell" college* = college or colleges
asexual* = asexual or asexuality
combine word/s using connectors.
OR: either term/s are included (to connect synonyms or like concepts)
"gender role" or "gender identity"
gay or homosexual* or lgbt or lesbian*
law or legislation
intersex or intergender
college* or universit*
AND: all terms must be included (to connect concepts)
"lgbt adoption" and law
homosexual* and "civil right*"
Put it all together:
(lgbt or gay or lesbian* or homosexual*) and adoption and (law or legislation)
transgender and (university or college*) and (housing or dorm*)
Within databases, limit to scholarly journals
Ebsco - either Scholarly (peer reviewed) Journals or Academic Journals