The amount of information returned from a regular search can be overwhelming to the inexperienced researcher, however there are a number of skills and techniques that can be used in any search engine that will help you find the information you need.
The techniques described in this section will enable you to quickly retrieve the most relevant information from the thousands of records on the Library's databases.
Boolean Operators will make your searching more powerful and effective. The three most basic operators are AND, OR and NOT.
Use AND in a search to:
The purple triangle in the middle of the Venn diagram below represents the result set for this search. It is a small set using AND, the combination of all three search words.
Be aware: In many, but not all, databases, the AND is implied.
Use OR in a search to:
All three circles represent the result set for this search. It is a big set because any of those words are valid using the OR operator.
Use NOT in a search to:
Truncation, also called stemming, is a technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings.
Similar to truncation, wildcards substitute a symbol for one letter of a word.