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  • 1. Enter into the database search box: global warming and fish global warming fishAs illustrated by the gray shaded area in this Venn diagram, this search would result in finding articlesthat mention both global warming and fish. Remember, using AND narrow down your topic so usingAND = LESS search results.
  • 2. Enter into the database search box: animal rights and agriculture animal rights agricultureAs illustrated in this Venn diagram. This search would result in finding articles that mention bothanimal rights and agriculture. You could also try searching for animal rights and farming.
  • 3. Enter into the database search box: marijuana and health marijuana healthAs illustrated in this Venn diagram. This search would result in finding articles that mention bothmarijuana and health. If you are looking for medical uses of marijuana, you could also simplysearch for medical marijuana (without adding any other search terms using AND) .
  • 4. Not sure what a good search term is for your topic? Try making a list of synonyms and putting them together with OR. Example: death penalty or capital punishment death penalty capital punishment As illustrated by the grayed in area of this Venn diagram, this search would result in finding all articles that are about the death penalty and all articles about capital punishment and ALL articles that mention both of these topics. Remember that using OR = MORE
  • 5. Example: marijuana or cannibis marijuana cannibisThis search would result in retrieving all articles that include information about marijuana , all articlesthat mention cannibis, and all articles that include BOTH of these terms.