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ENG 102 Ruth

Search strategies

There are a number of techniques to use that can refine your search results when researching information.  You can use these strategies when looking for information from the library databases or from a search engine such as Google.

Advanced Search Strategies

Boolean Operators

One of the easiest ways to refine your search is to use the Boolean operators. The three most common Boolean operators are AND, OR, and NOT, but there are others available. The operators AND and NOT will narrow your search and OR will usually increase your search results. (The AND operator is not necessary in Google; Google automatically adds the AND between words unless a phrase is put in quotation marks.)

The images below explain differences between the Boolean operators.









Search strategies

If you would like a review of the search strategies presented in this section, please watch this short video on advanced search skills by clicking on this link.