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Core Concepts: The main ideas of your research topic.
Keywords: Words that represent your core concepts.
- Isolate your core concepts.
- Brainstorm keywords that have meanings similar to your core concepts that you can use for searching.
Boolean Operators in Action: AND
Boolean Operators in Action: OR
Boolean Operators in Action: NOT
Core Concepts to Keywords
How To Search
USE THESE TRICKS to search in databases, catalogs, and on the web.
- Search by keywords - most important words only.
- Get less results - use quotation marks to search for phrases - "endangered birds".
- Get more results - use truncation - type creat* for results that include create, creating, creators, creation, creatures, etc.
- Get more or less results - use Boolean operators between keywords. (Use this link to see how to use them.)
Find something that's almost right?
Try using the database’s subject terms - usually listed under the article abstract.
Find too much stuff?
Use the database’s built in limiting features - usually on the left side of the screen - and limit by material type, date, full-text, scholarly, etc...