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Library Search: Search Tips and Tricks

Learn about signing into your account, search options and tips, getting to resources and working with citations.

Search Tips & Tricks

The following are some search tips to get you started. 

AND: Retrieve article that contains ALL terms, narrows search results

 

Best used when you have two or more different concepts

obesity AND video games

OR: Retrieve articles that contain ANY terms, broadens search results

 

Best used when you have two or more similar concepts

mountain lion OR puma OR panther

NOT: Eliminates articles that contain the SECOND terms, narrows search results

 

Best used when applied to the end of a search

cigarettes NOT marijuana
" ": tells the database you’re interested in a specific phrase, narrows search results "synthetic environments"
( ): order of operations matters; group concepts together when combining AND and ORs Twain AND (biography OR works)

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