Improve your search results using Boolean Operators
Courtesy of University of Arizona Library.
The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases' search boxes.
Before starting your research, it's important to understand the types of information sources available. There are many ways to locate different types of information. Much is available digitally on the web or the Keefe Library website (go to databases or eBooks). However, much more is available in the public library, the shelves of the Keefe LIbrary or an academic or college library. Different types of information include:
Google Search TIPS
To find a definition of a word (ex. define:vernacular)
To find information that often appears in a particular type of document pdf, Excel (xls), PowerPoint (ppt) (ex. coastal erosion in northeastern united states filetype:pdf to find more scholarly published papers)
intitle: or inurl:
To locate a search term in page title or within the url of a page
Use - to exclude a word (ex. jaguar speed -car)
Use ~ to include similar words (ex. ~food facts includes nutritional facts)
query site:edu or query site:nytimes.com
Use site: command to search a specific domain or webpage
* as a Wildcard
psychiatr* will find psychiatry, psychiatrist, psychiatric
Number Range using ...
site:country code (ex. treaties 1900...1960 site:za to find information on treaties in South Africa between 1900 and 1960)
See a list of country codes