Proximity searching allows for articles with two or more terms or phrases in certain proximity to each other to be identified.
Types of proximity searches:
Dogs N5 Cats
Searches for articles with the terms "dogs" and "cats" within 5 words of each other, REGARDLESS OF ORDER.
Dog W5 Cats
Searches for articles in which the the term "cats" FOLLOWS the term "dogs" within 5 words. Only searches for the terms or phrases IN THE ORDER they are presented in the search.
Truncation is a technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings.
|What it does
|Instead of typing
|replaces zero or more letters at the end of a word
(this is truncation)
|computer OR computing OR computational OR...
|replaces at most one letter
|net OR neat OR next OR nest OR...
|replaces only one letter
|bat OR bet OR bit OR bot OR but OR...
REMEMBER: Some databases may use these symbols differently or may use different symbols, so check the database's help section if you're having problems with wildcards.
There are many different ways to search for information in databases.
Here is one way to get you started with searching:
If a database has a thesaurus (CINAHL has CINAHL Headings), you can browse it for subject headings, see the scope note or definition of a subject heading, and see related terms that you might use.
Need help with searching? Ask a librarian for help.