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1) AND/OR (Boolean Logic)
Use AND / OR to join search terminology.
- OR - joins similar terms / terms that get at the same issue BROADENS
- AND - joins dissimilar terms NARROWS
Examples: Using OR
- "confirmation bias" OR "attitude polarization"
- positive psychotherapy OR PPT
- teens OR adolescents OR "young adults"
- "academic performance" OR "academic success" OR "academic achievement"
Example: Using AND
- leaders AND "social skills"
- perception AND performance
Examples using AND & OR
"filter bubbles" OR "algorithmic editing"
Question: What strategy might we take if Sample A doesn't return enough results? How could we modify this search?
2) Phrase Searching " "
It is common to search for a specific phrase with "quotation marks ". Most databases will recognize the using of quotation marks to search for two works together.
Examples: " "
- "post traumatic stress disorder"
- "limbic system"
- "social anxiety"
- "early intervention"
- "domestic abuse"
Phrase Searching Narrows
- social anxiety (52553 results in PsycInfo)
- "social anxiety" (7013 results in PsycInfo)
3) Truncation *
Search for alternate forms of a work by truncating it and adding an asterisk *.
- trauma* > trauma, traumas, traumatic
- obes* > obese, obesity
- perform* > perform, performs, performing, performance
- therap* > therapy, therapies, therapeutic
- "politic" (116 results in PsycInfo)
- "politic*"(23,722 results in PsycInfo)