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Upward Bound Math & Science

Develop Search Strategy

 

Boolean operators are special words that you can use to combine your search terms to create a more effective search.

Sports and women

sports or women

sports not women

Check out this video to see Boolean Operators in action.

Glossary Terms

  • Keywords: Important words from your research topic or research question. Keywords are more flexible than phrases or sentences for searching. The more keywords in your search, the fewer search results you will get.
  • Database: A collection of information, usually electronic. Usually refers to a place you can search for articles in journals and magazines. Databases index (or organize) articles, so that they are online and searchable. An example of a UWM database would be: Academic Search Complete.
  • Subjects: To help you find information in the library, databases can be searched in groups by their subject. For example, you can find all of the Health Sciences databases in one list. Or, you may want to search the list of History databases.