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BIOL& 160 General Biology. Instructor: Amy Lawrence: Boolean Searching/Search Strategies

Boolean Logic

Here is a brief tutorial from EBSCO about how to use Boolean operators with your search terms for best results.

Academic Search Premier "dead zones" example

Search Strategy Worksheet

What is a Search Strategy?

A search strategy is a plan that helps you look for the information you need. Follow these steps to develop a search strategy

  • Identify the key concepts in your topic
  • Decide on keywords.
  • Brainstorm additional alternative keywords for these concepts, if needed.
  • Refine your search to dates, study groups, etc., as appropriate.
  • Use Boolean Logic to combine your concepts.   

Use this worksheet to help you devise your search strategy.