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# Take the "Boo" Out of Boolean

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### Take the "Boo" Out of Boolean

1. 1. Take the “Boo” Out of Boolean!Simplify Your SearchBrenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
2. 2. Smooth Operators• Boolean searches allow you to combine words andphrases using the words AND, OR, and NOT to widen,narrow, or define your search.• Boolean search terms are sometimes referred to as“Boolean operators.”• This tutorial may help explain things.Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
3. 3. Get Up, Stand Up• So now that you know what the connectorsare, let’s practice what they do.• In this activity, the class is the database andYOU are the search results! If you meet thesearch criteria, go ahead and stand up.• Ready?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
4. 4. Get Up, Stand Up• You are wearing red AND you are female.• You are male OR you are wearing jeans.• You are an RCCC student NOT on the NCRC campus.• You play video games AND have an Xbox.• You are wearing any sports team logo OR you are aCarolina Panthers fan.• You have a smart phone NOT an iPhoneBrenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
5. 5. Search and Destroy• How would you simplify your search? Let’s trya simple exercise. We will take simple researchtopics and turn them into searchablekeywords.• Ready?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
6. 6. Search and DestroyDo childhood vaccines cause autism?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
7. 7. Search and DestroyDo childhood vaccines cause autism?• vaccine(s) AND autism• vaccination(s) AND autism• Any others?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
8. 8. Search and DestroyIs the Great Wall of China really the onlystructure that can be seen from space?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
9. 9. Search and DestroyIs the Great Wall of China really the onlystructure that can be seen from space?• “Great Wall of China” AND space• “Great Wall of China” AND structure AND space• What kind of results do you think you would getwithout the quotation marks?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
10. 10. Search and DestroyWhat has happened to the crime rate in the USsince video games became popular sources ofentertainment?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
11. 11. Search and DestroyWhat has happened to the crime rate in the USsince video games became popular sources ofentertainment?• crime AND US AND “video games”• “violent crime” AND U.S. AND “video games”• (US OR “United States”) AND “video games” AND (crime ORviolence)• “video games” AND crime AND statistics• violence AND “video games”Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
12. 12. Search and DestroyWhat has happened to the crime rate in the USsince video games became popular sources ofentertainment?• What differences do you expect to see with these differentkey words or phrases?• Would typing “US” over “U.S.” make a difference?Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu
13. 13. Any Questions?Reference Assistance:(704) 216-3680 (North)(704) 216-3683 (South)(704) 216-7140 (NCRC)(704) 216-3539 (CBTC)(704) 216-3714 (COS)Brenda AlmeydaCoordinator, Library Services-NCRC704-216-7141 | Brenda.Almeyda@rccc.edu