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Psychology 120 (Epperson): Keywords & Search Terms

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Search Tips

A. Boolean Operators

When searching in Databases, use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT) to tell the database what you're looking for).

OR is mORe (joins similar terms)  e.g. inactivity OR sedentary 

AND is less (joins dissimilar terms) e.g. schedule AND sleep

Sample Search Using both AND and OR

sugar OR soda



NOTE: use the asterisk in reduc* to tell the database you want results that start with those letters, e.g., reduce, reduction, reducing, etc.

B. Quotation Marks

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase

  • "sleep hygiene"
  • "couch to 5K"
  • "fast food"

C. Truncation

Use a symbol, the asterisk * is the most common, to look for variant endings of a word

  • prevent* will search for prevent, prevents, prevention, etc.

D. Combine search strategies

Combine search strategies for more efficient searching

For example: ("couch to 5K" OR "step tracking") AND fitness