Find more (broaden your results) with OR and wildcards:
exercise OR physical activity (finds either term)
depression OR mood
cardi* (finds cardiovascular, cardio, cardiac, cardiologist etc.)
Find less (narrow your results) with AND:
steroids AND baseball (only returns records that match both terms)
Find less with NOT:
gymnastics NOT olympics (excludes records that mention olympics)
Sample search statement:
(steroids OR performance enhancing drugs) AND abuse
Limiters can help to improve the relevance and focus of results:
(1:43) Learn how logical operators AND and OR work to help you get good results in library research databases.
(1:55) Learn how to retrieve varying forms of a word and improve search results.
Enter keyword searches or choose Subject Guide Search to build your search from the database's subject headings.
Enter your search terms, and select a desired category:
When searching Everything or Articles, natural language often works well.
For Books and Media, keywords or short, common phrases usually work better. Use quotation marks for an "exact phrase."
You also can search a digital object identifier (DOI) or International Standard Book Number (ISBN) for a known item.
For more complex searches like (climate change OR global warming) AND polar bears, use Advanced Search.
Once you have a set of results, select and apply relevant filters (e.g., peer-reviewed journals, available online, etc.) on the left of the screen.
These tutorials include practice in Neumann Library web-based resources and self-quiz questions to help you check your understanding.
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