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Boolean Searching in Google

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  • Explain that search results MUST include following words In order to ensure that search results must include following words
  • This will retrieve results w the exact phrase “ADR” and either …
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    • 1. Boolean your Google SearchCharlotte GillResearch Librarian, LawAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicySlides prepared by Nerissa Tan Yin Shi
    • 2. To ensure search results include all of thesearch wordsUse separate quotation marks “_” forboth search words“A” “B”: both A and B must be presentAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean SearchingExact word search
    • 3. e.g. “arbitration” “enforceability”(equivalent to searchingarbitration AND enforceabilityboth ‘arbitration’ and ‘enforceability willappear in search result)Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyExact word searchBoolean Searching
    • 4. Search for synonyms, autonyms,alternatives, and abbreviationsUse OR (in caps) between search wordsA OR B: Either A or B is presentAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 5. Search for synonyms, autonyms,alternatives, and abbreviationse.g. lawyer OR counsel OR advocate(only one of the three words will appearin search result)Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 6. Phrase searchingTo search for two or more words in an exactand specified orderEnclose phrase with quotation marks “_”“A B” : A B must be presentAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 7. Phrase searchinge.g. “charitable trust”(equivalent to searching the exactphrase “charitable trust”)Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 8. Proximity operatorsTo search for results that contain searchwords that appear within N words of eachother:Use AROUND(N) in between searchwordsA AROUND(3) B: A will appear within 3words or less of B in search resultAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 9. Proximity operatorse.g. charitable AROUND/5 trust(‘trust’ will appear within 5 words or lessof ‘charitable’ in search result)Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 10. Combination of search techniquesFor more complex searches, use acombination of the above techniques for themost accurate resultUsing OR and “_” together in one searchAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 11. Combination of search techniquese.g. (arbitration OR negotiation ORmediation) “alternative disputeresolution”(This will retrieve results with the exactphrase alternative dispute resolutionand only one of the words arbitration,negotiation or mediation)Appropriate Use of Electronic Resources PolicyBoolean Searching
    • 12. Need more help?Email: libresearch@smu.edu.sgAppropriate Use of Electronic Resources Policy

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