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How Should I Search in a Database?
Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU), Ronald Williams Library, 1:27
- What do you enter into the library database search box to start looking for information?
- What are some ways you can limit your results?
- How do you break down your research question?
- What Boolean operator narrows your search?
- What Boolean operator expands your search?
- What Boolean operator blocks topics in your search?
To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
“community college students”
“star wars the force awakens”
Boolean Operators (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
motivation AND grades
“student achievement” OR “student success”
women OR females