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Library Research Tutorial for AU Scholars: 3a) Searching

Searching

The hardest part of searching is figuring out which keywords will get you the sources you need. There are a few general rules to keep in mind when searching library resources / databases:

Search Strategies

   

1) How to Search for a Complex Topic:

Use AND to search for a complex topic, or to "search by force"
   

1) How to Search for a Complex Topic:

Use OR to search for a complex topic, or to "search by force"
   

1) How to Search for a Complex Topic:

Use NOT to search for a complex topic, or to "search by force"

 

2) How to Search for a Complex Idea

Use " " to search for a complex idea

2) How to Search for a Complex Idea

Use ( ) to search for a complex idea

3) How to Search Multiple Ideas or Keyords at Once:

Use * ? ! (a wildcard) to search multiple ideas / keywords at once

 

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