Thursday, March 22, 2012

Clever search strategies!

The library databases are an excellent source of information when you are writing an assignment.  Our library databases are made up of hundreds of thousands of online journal articles.  When you search a library database, you are searching the words within those articles. 

So, the search engine does the legwork.

You, however, need to do the thinking!  While the search engine is very good at locating search terms within articles, it isn't particularly intuitive.  The search engine relies on your search strategy to find results.  Therefore, the better your search strategy, the more likely you are to retrieve relevant articles!

With this in mind, have a look at this video from Berry Memorial College Library - Boolean Operators: little words, big difference...

Boolean Operators from Emily G on Vimeo.

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