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Search terms Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3Main idea Related idea Subtopic OR OR OR AND ANDSynonym Synonym Synonym OR OR ORSynonym Synonym Synonym • Use “ “ or ( ) to keep words together & in order • Connect different concepts with AND • Connect similar concepts with OR
Boolean Operators AND is automatically AND = narrow used by Google and other search engines to combine terms OR = expand Sometimes a program will use a + or – to substitute for NOT = exclude AND or NOT
Searching Tips Words to AND to your search “pro and con” “opposing view” “ethical aspects” debate controvers* finds controversy, controversies, controversial
Search Strategy Concept 1 Concept 2 Concept 3 “drunk driving” debate law OR OR OR DUI AND controvers* AND statue OR OR “intoxicated “opposing view” driving”“drunk driving” AND debate AND law(“drunk driving” OR DUI) AND (debate OR controvers*) AND law(“drunk driving” OR DUI OR “intoxicated driving”) ANDcontrovers* AND (law OR statue)
Limit Your Results Use the categories provided by the searching tool to reduce a large results list to a relevant list to meet a specific identified information need