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You have completed

Chapter 5:
Search Techniques for Online Databases


You should now be able to:

  • Understand the differences between keyword and subject searching.
  • Understand search features such as combining terms with Boolean operators, phrase searching, and truncation.
  • Interpret and capture your search results.
  • Identify information needed for citing articles retrieved from online databases.

Expert Advice

Searching databases well takes practice. Try this: Using either Academic Search Premier or InfoTrac Newsstand, click on the tips or help sections to see what symbols and words are used for phrase searching, truncation, and Boolean search terms.

Then conduct a keyword search on a topic that interests you using these symbols and words. Try different keywords or combinations to see what combinations give you the best results.


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