Academic Database Searching<br /> How to find articles using the library databases<br />
Identifying Keywords<br />Before you begin searching in a library database, determine what keywords you will use.<br />Make a list of common keywords for your topic<br />
Truncation<br /> For some keywords, it may be a good idea to truncate, or cut off the last part, and include all variations of the word<br />
For example:<br />Work* will give all the words that begin with work such as: worker, work, working, workforce, workplace etc.<br /> You can also use a ? As a wildcard, wo?k<br />
Be careful using truncation though. If you truncate a word such at cat* when you wanted cats. You will end up with all kinds of other words such as catalog, cataclysm, catacomb, etc.<br />Truncation will also give you more results and may be a good idea when you are searching a keyword that is less common or when you need articles with more than one combination of a word such as <br />Wom?nwhich will give you woman, or women.<br />
Be careful though, because you can end up with too many results.<br />
Boolean Operators<br />Booleans are used to combine search terms.<br />The words and, or, not are booleans.<br />You may need to use these to generate more specific results.<br />
For example: illegal immigration not Mexico would give you only results that do not talk about Mexico.<br />immigration and Mexico would give you only results that talk about Mexico.<br />
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