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#1 Identify key words.
Example: I want to find information on investments in Bitcoin currency.
I can start with the following key words:
#2 Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
- AND - joins dissimilar terms (narrows)
- OR - joins similar terms (broadens)
- NOT - eliminates terms (narrows)
travel OR tourism
#3 Use "quotations marks" to search for specific phrases.
- "women's march"
- "Star Wars: The Last Jedi"
- "gulf oil spill"
More Search Tips
Know What You are Searching
Select the Source(s) You Want to Search
Pay Attention to Dates; Change as Desired
Sort By Relevance, Rather than by Date
Limit Key Words to a Specific Search Field, Rather than All Text
Pros & Cons of News Databases
- Search multiple (or few) sources at the same time
- Options to limit your searches (e.g. by date, geographic area, and source type)
- Minimal, if any, advertising
- Additional tools e.g. citation creation
- Access to more content and older content that may otherwise be behind pay walls
- Graphical content is often removed
- Newspaper layout is often not included
- Accessing newspapers through Google may seem more intuitive than locating a database
How To Use Access World News