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Education Masters: Search Tips

Most of us are familiar with searching in web engines like Google. Surely, you have your own tricks and strategies. In the slide show below, we'll introduce a few strategies that might be helpful. 

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

 

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.

 If you prefer, you may make copies of the Google documents linked below.

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