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LING 1000: Language in U.S. Society (Avelar): Develop a Topic

Search Strategy

Choosing Powerful Search Terms  Choosing Powerful Search Terms

This Google drive version of the search worksheet is locked, but you can save it to your Google Drive. To do this go to File | Make a Copy and then you can edit and put all your keywords into it.

Linking Your Concepts

Many library databases have advanced search screens like this:

Advanced Searching with Boolean Operators

Boolean Searching Tips

Boolean Operator Example What it does
AND Halo AND language ideology Narrows your search
OR teens OR adolescents OR "young adults" Broadens your search
NOT "music education" NOT "music teachers" Weeds out unhelpful stuff
"" (Quotation marks) "multiple personality disorder" Searches an exact phrase, those words in that order
* (Asterisk)

communic*

(will include possibilities like communication, communicators, communicating, etc)

Includes all possible word ending variations