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Search Strategies
Search Strategies• No matter where you search:  – Library Databases  – The Library Catalog  – The Internet• Many of these ...
Keywords• What words will you use to search with?• Be flexible!  – burglary  – Breaking and entering  – robbery  – Larceny...
Boolean Searching     Use                                        For     And                                        Narrow...
Boolean Searching                                                         Prisons          Sex        Prisons             ...
A sample search screen:The article must include one of these words:        Prisons – jail – correctionsIt also must includ...
More Search Tips
Phrases• Are you looking for words appearing together?   – Put the words “in quotes” to find that exact     phrase!• For e...
Look for Limiting OptionsThe Catalog…                                Other library                                database...
Truncation/Wildcard Symbols Use symbols to search for various forms of a   word. (Symbols may be different in different   ...
Limit your Fields• Limit where you are searching if you need to  narrow or increase your results.
Look for a Subject Guide or Thesaurus
Frustration?• Not happy with your results?• Think about what kind of information  you expect to find. Is this the right ki...
Originality!The good news: Congratulations, you have aclever and interesting topic that nobody hasthought of.The bad news:...
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  1. 1. Search Strategies
  2. 2. Search Strategies• No matter where you search: – Library Databases – The Library Catalog – The Internet• Many of these “tricks” will apply.
  3. 3. Keywords• What words will you use to search with?• Be flexible! – burglary – Breaking and entering – robbery – Larceny – Shoplifting, stealing, stolen goods, thievery
  4. 4. Boolean Searching Use For And Narrowing your search & retrieving records containing all words Or Broaden your search to retrieve any of the words. Not Narrow search to retrieve records not containing term following itSlide show creator: Abigail Colucci, University of Calgary Library,via SlideShare (http://www.slideshare.net/AbbeyWrites/boolean-searching-3310937?from=share_email)
  5. 5. Boolean Searching Prisons Sex Prisons Sex offenders offendersAND = All results about prisons AND sex OR = Results on either prisons or sexoffenders offenders (not necessarily both) Prisons Sex offenders Not = Results on prisons, but not if it includes info about sex offenders.
  6. 6. A sample search screen:The article must include one of these words: Prisons – jail – correctionsIt also must include one of these words/phrases: Sex offenders – rapistsBut if “Christopher Smith” is mentioned, then thosearticles should not be included!
  7. 7. More Search Tips
  8. 8. Phrases• Are you looking for words appearing together? – Put the words “in quotes” to find that exact phrase!• For example: early release versus “early release”
  9. 9. Look for Limiting OptionsThe Catalog… Other library databases… And even with web search engines like Google!
  10. 10. Truncation/Wildcard Symbols Use symbols to search for various forms of a word. (Symbols may be different in different databases!)Example: psych* Example: wom?n• Psychiatric • woman• Psychological • women• Psychologists• Psychotic…
  11. 11. Limit your Fields• Limit where you are searching if you need to narrow or increase your results.
  12. 12. Look for a Subject Guide or Thesaurus
  13. 13. Frustration?• Not happy with your results?• Think about what kind of information you expect to find. Is this the right kind of database?• Few or no results for your searches? – Be more flexible. Just look for part of the topic. – Consider other words/phrases• Too many results? – Become more specific with keywords, limiters, where you’re searching
  14. 14. Originality!The good news: Congratulations, you have aclever and interesting topic that nobody hasthought of.The bad news: Nobody has thought of it, yet, sothere are no articles about your exact topic!What to do: Find related information todifferent aspects of your topic. Use thisinformation to draw your own conclusions!

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