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.
Watch the video below or scroll to the screen shots under the video for a demonstration of advanced search skills that work whether searching in the library databases or a search engine.
Put quotation marks " " around phrases to search the term as a phrase. Otherwise the database or Google may separate the words.
"motion pictures" "film noir" "animated films" "Marriage Story"
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.
“motion pictures" AND settings
masculinity AND stereotypes
metaphor AND "motion pictures"
movies OR "motion pictures"
"animated films" OR animation
"film adaptations" OR "movie adaptations"
graffiti NOT "American Graffiti"
(poverty OR "social disparity") AND (“motion pictures” OR movies)