AND = Mandates the inclusion of the word or phrases somewhere in the record.
Example: entrepreneurs and bank lines
Example: (learning or instruction or training) and (web or internet or online)
NOT = Excludes records containing a specified word or phrase. When using “not,” one must put “not” at the end of one’s search statement.
Example: online learning not CD-ROM
Utilized to account for varieties of a desired word. The database will find records containing words beginning with the word chunk you provide.
For example, a search for manag* would retrieve records containing any of the following:
Management, managing, managers, etc.
Database searching can be refined to provide better results.
When using search terms:
1 - Try placing phrases in quotation marks (").
ex. search "radical marketing" instead of just typing in radical
2 - Search similar or related words.
ex. "Conflict Resolution"
"Dealing with Conflicts"
3 - Combine searches
ex. "Conflict Resolutions" AND Managers
4 - Search for alternative word endings using an asterisk (*) at the end of the word root. ex. manufactur* will retrieve manufacture,manufactures, manufacturing, manufactured, etc.
5 - Break down topics. ex. Topic: Motivating Different Generations of Employees. Search - "Employee Motivation" AND "Generation Y" "Incentives AND "Baby Boomers"
6 - Always check your spelling. Some databases do this automatically. Others do not. If your search words
result in zero hits, incorrect spelling may be the cause.