Example search in ProQuest: hvac AND green*
Example search in Associates Programs Source Plus: hvac AND trends
To efficiently search library databases, use filters within the database and try search terms you think might be in the article's title, description, or full-text.
Use keywords in your searching. Select words or phrases which you predict will appear in an article title or description or full-text.
Enclose a phrase (a string of 2 or more words) in quotation marks. Example: "global warming"
Truncate (cut off) search terms using an asterisk. The asterisk works as a wildcard. The search term: recyc* will retrieve articles which contain any word starting with r-e-c-y-c, like recycle, recycled, recycling, etc.
Combine multiple search concepts using the Boolean terms: AND, OR, NOT
Which term should I use for HVAC?
Because the term HVAC/R can be written in a variety of ways (HVAC-R, HVACR, etc.) it's a good strategy to use a search technique called truncation when searching for periodical articles in library databases.
Databases like ProQuest and Associates Programs Source Plus allow this type of advanced searching where typing:
will retrieve articles containing any word in the article which starts with the spelling h-v-a-c. (The asterisk acts as a wildcard.)
Try a variety of search terms