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Save time by searching like a librarian! Try these three strategies for creating search queries:
A. Combine your keywords into a search query:
Link main ideas together with AND:
bacteria AND diversity
proteins AND folding
Using AND will give you fewer search results
Link related terms together with OR:
lithic OR hypolithic OR rock OR soil
Using OR will give you more search results
Exclude specific terms using NOT :
bacteria NOT algae
Use NOT with care -- you might end up excluding articles that just mention the unwanted term in passing
B. Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase:
What you type into the database
How the database interprets your search
database finds articles containing the words infectious and diseases anywhere in the article record, so theoretically you could end up with diseases about infectious laughter.
database finds articles containing that exact phrase, which in this case was exactly what you wanted.
database finds articles containing that exact phrase, which means you miss out on articles that talk about folding of proteins or polypeptide folds -- you probably didn't mean for this to happen.
Use phrase searching with care -- putting too many words in quotation marks can exclude relevant articles.
C. Use an asterisk * to search for multiple word endings:
In many databases, the * character is a wildcard that tells the database to search for multiple characters in place of the *
trans* = transport OR transporting OR transportation OR transitive OR OR translate OR transgender etc
communit* = community OR communities
(The technical name for this search technique is "truncation", and the trans* example illustrates how truncation can bring back a LOT of results in a multidisciplinary database -- truncation often works best in a subject-specific database)
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