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Keyword Search Strategies in Databases

While most databases will allow you to search by Keyword or Subject, a keyword search is by far the more common way to search a database. The rest of this chapter will focus on keyword search strategies in databases that will allow you to focus or refine your searches. 

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The following are common keyword search features found in databases:

  • Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)
  • Keyword phrase searching
  • Truncation
  • Limiting searches (by date, language, format,etc.)
  • Help or search tips

‚ÄčIf you understand the concepts and terminology of these features you can search any database more efficiently and effectively. 

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