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Handy tips and tricks to help you search more effectively!
SEARCH TIPS for Mirlyn, library databases, and the web (applicable to many search engines, including Google, but not all)
- PHRASE SEARCHING Put phrases in quotation marks: "hurricane katrina"
- TRUNCATION Use an asterisk for truncation (any ending of a term): communicat* will find communication, communicates, communicating, communicator, etc.
- MANY KEYWORDS may describe the same concept (movies, film, cinema, motion pictures)
- BOOLEAN OR To search for ANY of a group of terms, use OR and parentheses: (movies OR film OR cinema)
- BOOLEAN AND To search for ALL terms, use AND: violence AND movies
- Combine the above strategies: violence AND (movies OR film OR cinema OR "motion pictures")
- SEARCHING IS ITERATIVE (do it over and over): to be effective and thorough, go back and try your search *multiple times* with many different keywords