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Writing 10 (Ramirez)

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

  1. Cinema OR Film
  2. "science fiction" OR sci-fi

Examples: Using AND

  1. "Motion picture" AND dystopian
  2. Film AND addition 

Examples using AND & OR

Sample Search A

"motion picture" OR cinema OR film


racism AND America

Question: What strategy might we take if Sample A returns too many results?  How could we modify this search?

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: " "

  • "American cinema"
  • "artificial intelligence"
  • "climate change"
  • "California's Central Valley"

Phrase searching ensures that you won't be searching for the individuals words within the phrase, which could return a lot of irrelevant results.