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Want to run better computer searches? The suggestions on this page will help you to create better searches.
Computer databases are very literal and will only search for what you explicitly tell them to search for. Whenever you are searching on a computer think about synonyms and closely related terms that you can use to express each of your major concepts. For example:
Most computer search engines and library databases let you decide how you want to connect your search terms. The three connecting words used are AND, OR, and NOT. Using these terms will help you to effectively broaden or narrow your searches.
Narrows your search
Broadens your search
Narrows your search by eliminating a single term
Most search engines and library databases offer advanced options that let you further control your search. Advanced options vary from database to database.
|Limit for dates of publication|
|Limits for type of article|
|Limits for where a word occurs in the information about an article|
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