To retrieve the most relevant search results, you will need to construct a search string.
A search string is a combination of keywords, truncation symbols, and boolean operators you enter into the search box of a library database or search engine.
From Duquesne University:
Truncation or wildcard symbols allow you to look for variations of words. They often broaden your search results.
For example, searching on sport* would bring up variations such as sport, sports, sporting, sporty, etc.
Note: The truncation symbol varies by database. Consult the database’s “help” or “search tips” pages for details.
This tool is designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. Cut and paste the search string results into the search box of a library database or search engine.
Boolean operators are connector words, such as AND, OR, and NOT, that are used to combine or exclude words in a search string for more focused results.
business AND ethics
ALL of the search terms.
hotels OR motels
|Results contain ANY of the search terms, but not necessarily all of them.|
java NOT coffee
|Excludes results containing
the second search term.
Take a look at these videos from Kent State University where Brian helps his fellow students with their research assignments: