Many library databases have advanced search screens like this:
|Boolean Operator||Example||What it does|
|AND||bilingual education AND language policy||Narrows your search|
|OR||teens OR adolescents OR "young adults"||Broadens your search|
|NOT||"heritage language immersion" NOT "dual language immersion"||Weeds out unhelpful stuff|
|"" (Quotation marks)||"second language acquisition"||Searches an exact phrase, those words in that order|
(will include possibilities like communication, communicators, communicating, etc)
|Includes all possible word ending variations|
Taking the time to break your research interest apart will help you to construct powerful search strings. Complete this form to produce a downloadable worksheet. The worksheet will help guide your search strategy. Scroll down and use blue next buttons to complete the form.
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