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English 127 - Business Writing: Search Tips

Introduction to library resources for Business Writing students.

Finding Too Much? Narrow Your Search

AND (finds fewer)

Use the boolean operator AND to find articles with ALL of the words, for example, Facebook AND privacy. boolean searching AND

Subject Searching

Searches for words only in the subject field.

subject searching

Phrase Searching

Search for two or more words as a phrase by using quotation marks, for example, "drunk driving."

Search Process

Brainstorm

Before you search or if you get stuck while searching, use a thesaurus to find different words to express your ideas.

Try Your Search

Try to find one or two good articles. "Steal" words that appear in the best articles to help you find more.

Revise Your Search

Find too many articles? Not enough articles? Use the search strategies on this page to help you find better articles.

Can't Find Enough? Broaden Your Search

OR (gets more)

Use the boolean operator OR to find articles with ANY of the words, for example, colleges OR universities. boolean searching OR

Keyword Searching

Searches for words anywhere in the record.

keyword searching

Truncation

Put an asterisk at the word stem to search for variations of a word, for example, teen* finds teen, teens, teenage, teenager, teenagers.