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These tips can be used, in general, with the Library's OneSearch, databases, and on the open Web.
Try Boolean operators or connectors
AND = Fewer results. All of your search terms must be found in the results. EXAMPLE: healthANDperceptions AND teenagers. You could also just type: health perceptions teenagers.
OR = More results. Any one or more of your search terms must be found in a result. EXAMPLE: teensORteenagersORadolescents.
NOT = Fewer results. Word(s) must be excluded from the results. EXAMPLE: cornNOTtoes. The word "toes" would be excluded.
Try a phrase search
Find words that appear in a particular order. Type the words in order between quotation marks. EXAMPLE 1: "atkins diet"EXAMPLE 2: "body mass index"
Try a truncation search
Finds words that start with certain letters. Type a word stem, then add an asterisk symbol. EXAMPLE: Nutrit* will find nutrition, nutritional, nutritionally,nutritionist.
Try a nested search
Use parentheses to separate search statements so they can be combined and performed in order. Statements inside parentheses are searched first, and the order of operations is left to right. EXAMPLE: (problems OR complications)ANDfood fads.
Try an index or field search
Find words in a particular index or field. EXAMPLE: You can search for words within the Title, Abstract, or Subject field.
See more examples and information on Boolean operators and nested searches at the "Boolean Searching (Science Version)" guide. The link is provided below.