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Equity in STEM

Recommended article databases

The ABCs of Database Searching

A. Break your topic down into the main ideas, or keywords. Then combine your keywords into a search query:

Link main ideas together with AND to get fewer search results:

cookstove AND biofuel

Link related terms together with OR to get more search results:

biofuel OR biomass

B. Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase:

Searching “electronic control unit” excludes articles about metric units or electronic music.

BE AWARE – searching a phrase like “Grand Canyon National Park” in quotes excludes articles that just mention “Grand Canyon”

C. Use an asterisk * to search for multiple word endings:

synth* = synthetic OR synthesis OR synthesize, etc