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.
Put quotation marks " " around phrases to search the term as a phrase. Otherwise the database or Google may separate the words.
"Homeland Security" "use of force" "search and seizure" "Port Huron"
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.
“racial profiling" AND terrorism
technology AND "law enforcement"
"community policing" AND crime
police OR "law enforcement"
"body cams" OR "body worn cameras"
prisons OR "correctional institutions"
"use of force" NOT tasers
("body cams" OR "body worn cameras") AND (police OR "law enforcement")