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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.

"social worker"     "graphic designer"     "vocational guidance"     "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.


welding AND “job hunting”

nursing AND careers

teachers AND resumes

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


wages OR salaries

career OR careers OR “vocational guidance”

“graphic design” OR “graphic designers”


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


(teachers OR instructors) AND (jobs OR “job hunting”) NOT professors

Advanced Search Strategies - More Examples

More Advanced Searching Examples