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Keyword & Boolean Searching

It is important to use certain keyword guidelines when searching


·        Do not search using long phrases from your topic.


Ex. The most affordable cars to purchase = affordable cars

Ex. Major symptoms people experience with the common cold = common cold symptoms


·        An article can still be useful even if your search terms do not appear within an article’s title. The terms can still appear within the article itself.


·        Always try synonyms when searching to receive the best results



o   Hip-hop, rap, urban music, or r&b

o   Children, kids, or toddlers


Boolean operators are useful when tying more than one keyword together.

Examples of using And, Or, Not operators