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MC 2010 Media Writing: Searching Tips - Databases

Searching Tips - Databases

  • Use quotes for searching exact phrases
    • example: "college students"
      • results will only include articles with this exact phrase
      • quotes are used to narrow your search
  • Use Boolean operators AND or OR
    • AND example: media AND sports
      • results will include only articles that include both search terms
      • AND is used to narrow your search
    • OR example: tobacco OR smoking OR cigarettes OR nicotine
      • results will include articles that have any of the search terms
      • use OR to find articles with similar or related keywords
      • OR is used to broaden your search

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