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Gaming the System


Keywords are the building blocks of our searches.
  • name of the game e.g. Dominoes, Cribbage, Monopoly
  • may need to distinguish the game from something else by using terms such as game, "board game", "card game"
  • an area of investigation may target your search e.g. history, awards, adaptations, review, criticism, scoring, competitive play, championships, tournaments, artwork, digital, expansions. satire, humor, iconography ...

Search Tips

#1: Use double quotes to search for a phrase. Keep the words together in that order! Use in Google and in Databases.

"settlers of catan"

"board game"

"competitive play"

#2: Join similar concepts with OR. Use in Databases.

game OR "board game"

#3: Join different concepts with AND. Use in Databases.

"ticket to ride"


game OR "board game"

#4 Search within a website using site:. Use in Google.

"horizon forbidden west"

How Should I Search in a Database?

Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), Ronald Williams Library, 1:27

When you search in a database, it's a good idea to use keywords and Boolean Operators (AND, OR, & NOT).

  1. What do you enter into the library database search box to start looking for information?
  2. What are some ways you can limit your results?
  3. How do you break down your research question?
  4. What Boolean operator narrows your search?
  5. What Boolean operator expands your search?

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