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Writing 10 (Haner): Search Strategies

Reading & Composition

Search Tips

A. Boolean Operators

OR is mORe (joins similar terms) 

  • e.g. data OR information

AND is less (joins dissimilar terms)

  • e.g. privacy AND technology

B. Quotation Marks

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase

  • "socially assistive robots"
  • "defense systems"
  • "future worlds"
  • "artificial intelligence"
  • "health care aides"

C. Truncation

Use a symbol, the asterisk * is the most common, to look for variant endings of a word

  • robot* will search for robot, robots, robotic, robotics, etc.

D. Combine search strategies

Combine search strategies for more efficient searching.


robot* OR "artificially intelligent being"


debate OR controver*

Online Research: Tips for Effective Search Strategies

Question 1

Does this search use Boolean logic correctly?

Research Question: Does reducing calorie intake increase one's life span?

longevity OR "life extension"


"calorie restriction"

Question 2

Does this search use the search tips correctly?

Research Question: Should employers have the right to access genetic screening records of its employees?

"genetic screening"