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BUS 225 Prof. Langan

Business Communications

Search Strategies

When searching for information, there are a number of techniques to use that will help refine your search results.  You can use these strategies when looking for information from the library databases or from a search engine such as Google.

Phrase Searching

Put quotation marks " " around phrases to search the term as a phrase. Otherwise the database or Google may separate the words.

"business plan"     "minimum wage"     "stock market"     "Port Huron"

Boolean Operators

Refine your search results using 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. 

AND - Use AND to find resources with all of your search terms.

“climate change” AND economics

“business plans” AND “food industry”

“minimum wage” AND productivity


OR - Use OR to find articles with either search term in them.

restaurants OR “food industry”

"American Health Care Act" OR Obamacare


NOT - Use NOT to eliminate terms you do not want in your search results. 

tariffs NOT Trump

More Advanced Searching Examples