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WRI 10 (McIntire): Search Tips

Boolean Operators (AND / OR)

AND, OR

Join together search terms in a logical manner.

AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms

Examples:

#1
family AND "mental health"

#2
"world happiness index" OR happiness OR satisfaction

#3
engineering
AND
women OR female*
AND
“career choice”

Search Tips

Quotation Marks

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase

  • "first generation college students"
  • "social media"
  • "migrant workers"
  • "fashion industry"

 

Truncation

Use a symbol (* is the most common) to look for variant endings of a word

  • Latin* will search for latino, latina, latinx, etc.
  • pesticide* will search for pesticides, pesticide, etc.
  • photograph* will search for photograph, photographs, photographic, photography, etc.

Some databases also allow you to use a symbol at the beginning or in the middle of a word

  • col*r will search for color or colour
  • *politic will search overpolitic, prepolitic, pseudopolitic, etc.

Share Your Topics & Keywords

Click on the link for your Writing 10 section and enter your topic and keywords on the Google spreadsheet.

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Quotation Marks

Quotation Marks are used to search for a specific phrase. They limit or narrow your search.

  • "affirmative action"
  • "social media"
  • "political correctness"

Truncation

Truncation allows a search engine to look for variant endings of a word. Use a symbol (* is the most common) at the end of a truncated word. Truncation broadens or expands your search.

  • educat* will search for education, educator, educating, etc.
  • colleg* finds college, collegium, collegial
  • politic* will search for politic, politics, political, politicly, etc.

Some databases also allow you to use a symbol at the beginning or in the middle of a word

  • col*r will search for color or colour
  • *politic will search overpolitic, prepolitic, pseudopolitic, etc.

Mash them Up

You can use multiple search strategies simultaneously.

Example:

"needle exchange program*"

AND

effective*

AND

cit* OR "San Francisco" OR "metropolitan area"