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EN 106 Reading, Thinking, and Writing II

Searching Databases

Start with your research question and break it into 2 or 3 concepts.  These become your keywords or phrases which form the basis for your search.  Keywords are joined by the connectors AND and OR to narrow or broaden your search.

Creating a Search Strategy

The worksheet below discusses how to create a search using keywords and boolean operators (AND / OR).

Understanding Boolean Search

The link below is a handout explaining Boolean logic

Boolean Logic is a fancy term for a simple concept.  Boolean operators are the connecting terms AND and OR used when constructing searches in the databases.  It's called Boolean because it was named after a famous mathematician, George Boole, who developed it.