The AND operator narrows a search by requiring that all search terms appear in records retrieved.
|Use AND when you want to:
The OR operator broadens a search by requiring that either one, but not necessarily both search terms appear in the records retrieved. .
|Use OR when you want to:
Databases allow searching for exact phrases. Some require a particular search symbol such as quotations marks or parentheses.
Truncation broadens a search by looking for variations in word stems, e.g., plurals. Some databases will not automatically search for variants. Truncation symbols vary from database to database. The common ones are *, !, and ?.
Truncation Symbols in our key article databases:
|Academic Seach Complete||LexisNexis Academic|
|* [asterisk] used as a right-handed truncation character following a word root only, e.g., econom* will find economy, economics, economist, etc.||
! [exclamation mark] used as a right-handed truncation character following a word root only, e.g., econom! will find economy, economics, economist, etc.
List of keywords to avoid: