KEYWORD
SEARCHING:
ADVANCED
TECHNIQUES
Kris Jacobson, GBS Library
January 2012
Google Search Tips
Basic Search: Natural
Language Searching
 Method used for most Google searches
 Searches for terms in close proximity
 ...
Advanced search techniques yield
better results
 Use quotation marks for phrases: “civil rights”
 Combine terms for more...
Searching in GBS Library
Databases
General search tips
Just as with Google searching:
Use quotation marks for phrase searches
Combining terms will yield mo...
Boolean Searching
violence AND
television
AND
is used to narrow a search.
This will retrieve records that
have both keywor...
Use Truncation
 Truncation symbols are used at the end of
word stems and allow you to find all words
beginning with the s...
Use the Advanced Search Screen
in the GBS Databases
 Improves your results
 Gives more control over search
 Most “advan...
Advanced Search Screen
Use Parentheses (Nesting)
 Use parentheses when searching multiple terms in multiple
rows. Make sure to close off each se...
Use subject suggestions to
modify searches
 Use subject headings to narrow your search or
just for new keyword ideas:
Need Research Help?
 Come to the Reference Desk anytime from
7:00 am to 3:15 pm school days.
 Use our * New* Reference C...
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Keyword Searching: Advanced Techniques

  1. 1. KEYWORD SEARCHING: ADVANCED TECHNIQUES Kris Jacobson, GBS Library January 2012
  2. 2. Google Search Tips
  3. 3. Basic Search: Natural Language Searching  Method used for most Google searches  Searches for terms in close proximity  Not the most powerful searching method for most searches
  4. 4. Advanced search techniques yield better results  Use quotation marks for phrases: “civil rights”  Combine terms for more specific results: “temperance movement” women will get more targeted results than temperance  Use OR for synonyms, related terms, and alternate spellings : Mao Tse-Tung OR Mao Zedong  Use site: to limit results to certain domain types (.edu, .org, .gov):
  5. 5. Searching in GBS Library Databases
  6. 6. General search tips Just as with Google searching: Use quotation marks for phrase searches Combining terms will yield more targeted results
  7. 7. Boolean Searching violence AND television AND is used to narrow a search. This will retrieve records that have both keywords. college OR university OR is used to expand a search. This will retrieve records that have either keyword. It’s useful for synonyms. sports NOT professional NOT is used to narrow a search. This will not retrieve records that have the unwanted keyword.
  8. 8. Use Truncation  Truncation symbols are used at the end of word stems and allow you to find all words beginning with the same root.  The asteriskor star(* ) is most commonly used  Example: educat* will find educate, educating, education, educational, educator, educators, etc.  Works in the GBS Databases, not Google
  9. 9. Use the Advanced Search Screen in the GBS Databases  Improves your results  Gives more control over search  Most “advanced search” screens in databases have easy-to-use Boolean interface  Go beyond Boolean and truncation. Use advanced features to get more targeted results (e.g., restricting searches to Scholarly/Professional resources, restricting searches to specific article types, etc.)
  10. 10. Advanced Search Screen
  11. 11. Use Parentheses (Nesting)  Use parentheses when searching multiple terms in multiple rows. Make sure to close off each set of parentheses.
  12. 12. Use subject suggestions to modify searches  Use subject headings to narrow your search or just for new keyword ideas:
  13. 13. Need Research Help?  Come to the Reference Desk anytime from 7:00 am to 3:15 pm school days.  Use our * New* Reference Chat service (linked from the GBS LibGuides homepage) from 8:00 am to 3:15 pm school days.  Email us anytime!
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