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Search Strategies

Module Three: Gathering Information

Keyword search (click here for tutorial on Boolean, Phrase, and Truncation search strategies)

  • matches word entered with words in text
  • most common method of searching
  • use synonyms or variants of topic
  • break up phrases into single words
  • Maximize Keyword searches with Boolean Searching.

Subject searching (click here for subject searching demonstration)

  • matches word to predefined subject
  • check lists of subjects, called "thesauri"
  • subjects may be listed near citation

Use Database limiters

  • Full-text
  • Scholarly
  • Dates
  • Format
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