Think about it: search engines crawl thousands, maybe even millions and billions, of pages or records trying to match your search term with results. You're going to be absolutely overwhelmed with results if you only enter a single search term. You're also going to find a lot of completely irrelevant stuff.
So how can you improve your chances?
Come up with multiple search terms and combine them using the options described here.
Combining search terms with AND will:
Search for politics = 296 million results
Search for "college student" AND politics = 43 million results more focused on your topic
Search for "college student" AND politics AND "2008 election" = 543,000 more relevant results
Search for Adam Smith = 38,700,000 results
Search for "Adam Smith" = 2,730,000 results
Search for theory of relativity = 3,430,000 results
Search for "theory of relativity" = 856,000 results
STEP 1: Follow this activity and keep notes on your group's powerpoint slide.
You are going to run the same searches in two different databases so you can compare/contrast them. The two databases you'll be using (located on the Databases & Journals tab) are:
First search: "Business of Diversity"
Second search: select a related term of your choice (make sure all group members are using the same one)
STEP 2: For each search, answer the question: was this search successful? Why or why not? How can you make the search more successful? Record your experiences in your group's Google Presentation slides:
STEP 3: Share your experience with the class. Your group will come up to the front, show your slides, and briefly describe your search process.