Make your searching easier and more effective by using these tips!
Keywords—Keywords are one way to create search strategies to locate relevant information on your topic. Keywords are the most significant words and phrases associated with your topic.
Quotation Marks/Phrase Searching—Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase.
Example: “night of the living dead”
Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT
And—narrows a search by inclusion.
Example: "horror movies" AND analysis retrieves only sources that include both search terms, which limits the number of results.
Or—expands a search.
Example: cinema OR films will retrieve sources containing either term, expanding your pool of resources.
Not—narrows a search by exclusion.
Example: zombies NOT "walking dead" retrieves only sources that contain the first keyword, eliminating sources for keywords that follow not.
Truncation—Usually using an asterisk*, increases the number of results you’ll retrieve by searching for variant endings of a word root.
Example: critic* retrieves critic, critics, critical, critically, criticism, etc.
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This video demonstrates how to effectively search the deep web for scholarly articles using Google Scholar.
This video demonstrates working with a topic. It explains the value in taking a broad topic and focusing it using a research question or thesis statement. It explores how to identify, brainstorm, and combine keywords to build effective searches.
This video demonstrates how to search the OhioLINK Catalog for books and e-books on your topic.
This video demonstrates how to search the Film & Television Literature Index with Full Text database. It also demonstrates how to perform a federated search from the Film & Television Literature Index interface.