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Communication Sciences and Disorders 701

Course Guide to assist students enrolled in Comm Sci 701

Navigating Databases

Improve Your Search!

If you noticed above, i used AND, OR, parentheses, and quotation marks. These are universal ways that can help make your search more effective.

  • "quotation marks" = use for two or more words that need to be read together as a phrase in order.
    • You do not need to put quotation marks around one word, but for multiple word conditions, such as "Polycystic Ovary Syndrome," use quotes.
  • (Parentheses) = these work to separate out groups of concepts, like in the order of operations in math.
    • if you have one concept with several related terms, group those together in parentheses, such as ("air pollution" OR "particulate matter" OR NO2 OR "nitrogen dioxide" OR PM2.5). Groups of parentheses can be combined with others, and can be useful in creating very complex searches.
  • The asterisk* = Use as a "wildcard."
    • For example, if I use the word Therap* in my search, that will provide results for therapy, therapies, therapeutic, therapists, etc. Can be used in Parentheses (Physical AND therap*) or (hoarding NOT animal*), but not in quotation marks.
  • AND = This connects conceptual groups. It tells the search engine to "bring me both of these together." Use in all caps! (if it's not in all caps, the search engine will ignore it)
  • OR = This connects groups of similar terms or synonyms. It tell the search engine to "bring me one, the other, or both together." use in all caps! (if it's not in all caps, the search engine will ignore it)
  • NOT = This excludes terms, phrases, or roots of words (using the asterisk). It tells the search engine  "Do not bring me this." use in all caps! (if it's not in all caps, the search engine will ignore it)