Since library databases work a bit differently than Google, you may notice that putting in a sentence or question into the Search Everything system on the library homepage doesn’t give you results you want. Often called “Boolean operators,” connectors AND, OR, and NOT will make the database search for your keywords in a specific way.
Tip! These are in all capitals so that the databases see them as connectors and not keywords to search!
Example: Adding the connector AND in between the keywords picked out from your assignment will make the database search for sources that contain both keywords.
exercise AND "childhood obesity"
|AND (-)||NOT (-)||OR (+)|
|Shrinks your search results||Shrinks your search results||Expands your search results|
|Only shows results that contain both keywords||Will exclude any results that have second keyword||Allows for either keyword or an intersection of both|
|Example: I want both soup and salad for lunch.||Example: I only want soup, I do not want salad for lunch.||Example: I'm fine with either soup or salad, or even both for lunch.|
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Look at your assignment (or rubric) again to see what basic filters you will need to use when setting up your search.
Both of these filters are available to the left of the search results when you do a search from the Search Everything system on the library homepage. For peer-reviewed articles, select the Peer-reviewed Journals and Articles filters. For articles that have been published within the past five years, enter the publication date range and hit apply.
Tip! Don't see what you need? Visit our Get Research Help page to contact a librarian!
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