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SOAN 101: Introduction to Sociology

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Creating Effective Search Statements

When conducting research in a database it's important to be thoughtful of the specific search terms you are using, and how they might impact your results.

Consider alternative terms or synonyms that describe your key concepts, and that could possibly improve or change your search results.

 Key Concept

 Synonyms or Alternative Ways of Phrasing

 Women   Female OR Gender OR Sex
 Wage  Salary OR Income OR Employment

Adapted from Teaching Information Literacy by J. Burkhardt & M. MacDonald.

Structure a search statement that you can use while doing research in a database. Use Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT), and utilize some of the advanced search functions available to you.

Database Search Tips

Always use the advanced search interface and some combination of the following techniques to increase the effectiveness of your searches:

 Search Technique    What It Does
 Quotation marks  Searches for exact phrase
 Truncation (usually an *)  Searches for all forms of a word
 Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)  Lets you broaden or narrow your search
 Database thesaurus or index              Allows you to pinpoint the exact indexing terms the database uses