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LING 2400 Language and Gender (Holman): Develop a Topic

Linking Your Concepts

Many library databases have advanced search screens like this:

Advanced Searching with Boolean Operators

Boolean Searching Tips

  • AND

Narrows your search
Ex. Halo AND language ideology
  • OR

Broadens your search
Ex. teens OR adolescents OR “young adults”
“communities of practice” OR “community of practice”
  • NOT
Weeds out unhelpful stuff
  • " " Quotation marks

Search an exact phrase
Find the words together in that order
Ex. "multiple personality disorder"
  • * (asterisk)

Can open search to all possible endings of a word
Ex. communic* for communicators, communicating, communication, etx.