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Constructing a search

Whether you are searching Google, Google Scholar, Discovery or an article database, keep in mind they each have different search functionality, they each contain different resources, and what works in one resouce might not necessarily work in another.

Here are two tips to help you succeed in your information quest:

  1. Refer to the "Help" documentation in the search tool you are using to get a better sense of how it works, and what search features are available (AND/OR/NOT, truncation, wildcards, subject headings, etc.).
  2. Be fairly broad with your first few searches to see what's been published on your topic then narrow your search as needed.

Remember, searching takes time.  Be ready for a bit of 'trial and error' as you get into your topic.

The following interactive tutorials will provide more detail on: