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1. Use the Boolean operators, explained in the chart below, with your search terms or keywords.
2. Many databases are searchable by subject.
3. Don't limit yourself to one database- try another, or try a database with wider subject coverage.
4. Use general or interdisciplinary databases, as these often have the widest range of subject coverage.
5. Don't give up!
One of the easiest ways to refine your search is to use the Boolean operators, and everyone has used them, even if accidently.
The chart below explains differences between the Boolean operators.
· Narrows search result
· Finds articles/websites with both terms in them. Terms may not necessarily be next to each other
Children AND Divorce (retrieves articles with both terms)
· Broadens search result
· Use to combine similar terms. One or the other search term must appear in the article/website
· Put parentheses around your ORs
"Moral Development" OR "Moral Reasoning" (retrieves articles with either term)
· Use to eliminate terms from search
"Play Therapy" NOT Sandplay (eliminates articles that have the word Sandplay in them)
Phrase or Full Name searching
Quotation marks keeps the words of a phrase together.
Most databases use the asterisk * to truncate words. For example, child* will search for the words child or child’s or children or childlike.