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1) AND/OR (Boolean Logic)
to join search terminology. AND / OR
OR - joins similar terms / terms that
get at the same issue BROADENS AND - joins dissimilar terms
Examples: Using OR
autism OR "autistic spectrum disorder"
positive psychotherapy OR PPT
teens OR adolescents OR "young adults"
"academic performance" OR "academic success" OR "academic achievement"
"social skills" OR "social competence"
Examples: Using AND
leaders AND "social skills"
perception AND competition AND performance
Examples using AND & OR
Sample Search A
treatment OR therapy
ADHD OR "attention deficit hyperactivity disorder"
Question: What strategy might we take if Sample A returns too many results? How could we modify this search?
Sample Search B
deceive OR deception OR lie
"law enforcement" OR police
Question: What strategy might we take if Sample B does not return many results? How could we modify this search?
2) Phrase Searching " "
It is common to search for a
. Most databases will recognize the using of quotation marks to search for two works together. specific phrase with "quotation marks "
Examples: " "
"post traumatic stress disorder"
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
it and adding an truncating . asterisk *
trauma* > trauma, trauma
s, trauma tic obes* > obes
e, obes ity perform* > perform, perform
s, perform ing, perform ance therap* > therap
y, therap ies, therap eutic
trauma AND "mental health" AND child AND sex* (1643 results in PsycInfo)
trauma* AND "mental health" AND child AND sex* (2000 results in PsycInfo)
Search Strategies - Basics
This video covers three search strategies to apply in database searches. (3:04).