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Keywords or search terms are the terms that you enter into your database search boxes. They represent the main topic or concepts of your research and are words used in everyday life.
Selecting keywords is a multi-step process:
- identify the main concepts or terms of your topic
- identify the synonyms and antonyms that could also be used to describe your topic
- identify professional terms on your topic
Boolean Operators help narrow or broaden your set of results. The three basic boolean operators are: AND, OR, and NOT
- AND, narrows your results and tells the database that ALL terms must be present
- OR, expands your results and tells the database that ANY of the terms must be present
- NOT, excludes words from your search and tells the database to ignore concepts related
Try using something called 'boolean logic'. You can use the words 'and' 'or' and 'not' to help narrow your results.
- To find scholarly journal articles: In your search results, in the light-blue left-hand column, check "Journals (Scholarly / Peer Reviewed) " under "Refine your results."
- To find magazines and newspapers: In your search results, in the light-blue left-hand column, under "Source Types," select "Periodicals."
* You may want to add the names of popular magazines or newspapers to your search. For example: New York Times for newspapers and Newsweek or Time for magazines.