You can adapt a search strategy to any database. Some search tools use free text areas which allow you to type in a search.

factiva search screen, illustrating a large, free text search area

Other search tools offer a simple, single line search box similar to that used by Google.

proquest search screen,  illustrating a simple, single line search box

Most commonly search tools use text boxes and drop down menus to help structure your search.

ebsco search screen,  illustrating a search interface using drop down menus for restricting searches to specific fields

These different interfaces all rely on the same logic. Let's look in more detail at some of these search strategies.