Understanding how databases interpret your keywords (search logic) will allow you to execute more specific searches, thereby saving you time while retrieving more relevant results. Databases and search engines accomplish this with Boolean operators (AND OR NOT). Typically, this is considered Advanced Searching, as opposed to Basic, and is the default search mode in the article databases recommended in this guide.
Although the focus of this guide is on finding relevant scholarly sources (books, chapters, journal articles) for your assignment, you may find it helpful to contextualize Boolean logic by examining how Google Advanced Search supports searching with Boolean logic:
In an article database, such as Gender Studies, the Boolean operators are supplied for you (default is AND, but you can change the operator by using the drop down menus):