Using quotation marks around a phrase searches for those keywords in the order you typed them in instead of seperately.
will only find sources that mention global warming, whereas
global and warming
will find you sources that mention both words, regardless of whether they are next to each other in the text.
Boolean operators are terms which help you search databases for specific information and assist you in getting what you need in an efficient and timely manner.
Always connect keywords with either AND, OR, or NOT.
See the short video below for a more detailed explanation.
This video provides a basic explanation of how to use Boolean operators in database searching; produced by a librarian at Shurz Library, IU South Bend.
Tip: Use a truncation symbol to find words with variant endings, including plurals.
Many databases (such as EBSCOhost) use the * as the truncation symbol, whereas IvyCat uses a question mark.
In EBSCOhost, climat* will find climate, climates, climatic, etc.
In IvyCat, immigra? will find immigrant, immigrants, immigration, immigrated, etc.
You can combine connectors, truncation, and phrases in one search.
("global warming" OR "climate change")
(animal* or wildlife or fauna)