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Digital Communications and Integrated Media

Search Techniques

Boolean operators - ANDOR, and NOT.

  • Use AND to find results that include both terms. This narrows a search.
    • fake news AND social media

  • Use OR to find results that include one term or both. This broadens a search.
    • fake news OR falsehood
  • Use NOT to exclude unrelated terms.
    • social media NOT twitter


Phrase Searching " " - search the words together in a sentence, not as separate keywords. This narrows a search.

social mediapolitical election


Truncation * - search different forms of word. This broadens a search.

technolog* finds technology, technologies


Different databases use different truncation symbols so it is important to check the database 'Help' information or 'Search Tips' for details about which symbol to use.

Search Strategy Builder

Designed to help you build a simple search string or statement using 2 Boolean operators; cut and paste the resulting search statement into the search box of a library database.

 

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