Examine your search results carefully and see if they are what you were hoping for. If you are not happy with the results, don’t give up! A successful search will often take several tries. You can usually refine your searches by adding new terms which spring to mind once you have seen your initial results; or you may choose to limit your results if you feel you have retrieved too many. Different search engines, (e.g. Bing, Google), or databases, (e.g. JStor Ireland), will offer different search options to help with this.
Always remember to look at the “Help” or “Search tips” pages offered by the particular database or search engine you are currently using.