Know your database name. Are you talking about a specific database or a database provider? For example, EBSCOHost (or just plain EBSCO) is a collection of databases, not just one. Be aware of which individual database you are using. EBSCO is the provider- the "brand" - not the information source. You are searching Academic Search Premier, not EBSCO!
Use the navigation the database provides. As difficult as it may be, break the habit of using your browser's back and forward buttons. Look for options the database provides to move from screen to screen; failing to do so may result in loss of search results and information. The back button is your last resort!
Make sure you are in the right place. Regardless of how good your search terms may be, if you are searching the wrong database you will not have good results. Make sure the database is appropriate for the topic at hand. Don't be afraid to try another database.
Look for similar features. If you are aware these exist in databases you will begin to look for them. They will permit you to more easily transfer your skills from one database to another. These features include:
* Multiple search boxes for your keywords and phrases
* Multiple search fields (usua