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The Research Process: Search Strategies

Class activity for freshman/sophomore college students @ ECSU

Locating Information

1. Types of Resources

2. Search Strategies

Finding too many results? Try using boolean operators and narrow search results by using limiters (left column) in databases.

Search Strategies

Boolean operators are connector words, such as AND, OR, and NOT, that are used to combine or exclude words in a search string for more focused results.

Truncation or wildcard symbols allow you to look for variations of words. They often broaden your search results.

For example, searching on sport* would bring up variations such as sport, sports, sporting, sporty, etc. 

Note: The truncation symbol varies by database. Consult the database’s “help” or “search tips” pages for details.

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