1. Developing Keywords
Keywords are essential to researching. Break down your topic into keywords. Create a list of words or phrases that will help your search. Think of concepts or ideas that are related to your main topic - find words with similar meanings, synonyms.
2. Phrase Searching
Use quotation marks " " for a phrase, i.e. when your keyword is made up of two or more words. Your result will be more accurate, as the engine searches for this very specific phrase.
3. Boolean operators
These search operators help to narrow or broaden your search - like AND, OR, NOT.
AND finds records containing both terms - to narrow the search.
OR finds records containing either one or both terms. This broadens the search. It can also be used to account for variant spellings. For example:
NOT finds records containing the first term, but not the second term - it excludes.
Using the asterisk symbol * enables you to chop off unnecessary word endings - so only the stem of a word is looked at by the search engine.
This is very useful for finding a broader range of results - as the search engine will come up with plural or singular endings, nouns, verbs, adjectives, AE or BE spelling.
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If you would like to find a particular journal article that you have come across on your reading list, etc. you can easily search for this on the Library Catalogue. It is even easier, if you have the reference for this article.
Our reference example above is in Harvard style. However, no matter what referencing style you have in front of you - determining the various components of a reference is a practical skill to possess.
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