The parts of each record or citation in a database are searchable. These parts are called fields. When you search by a field, the database will only search in that field when it looks through to find matching records. .
But a keyword search looks for items anywhere in a record, including the date, author, subject, title and description fields. It is the broadest search. Also, keyword searching is flexible and allows you to combine more terms in a search, for example,
children and advertising.
Watch the video below by University of Houston for tips on searching in databases.