Library Information Guide - Fort Wayne

Search Strategy Builder


The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. It is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you can cut and paste the results into a databases search box.

  Concept 1  AND  Concept 2  AND  Concept 3
              Type your main keywords here    
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List related words for each keyword.

These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept.

You can use single words, or phrases with quotation marks,
or truncated words with the *


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Now copy and paste the above Search Strategy into Discover Search or a database search box.

Need keyword inspiration for related terms? Search for your topic in an encyclopedia such as Credo Reference, or in Discover search and find the suggested Subject section on the right side of the results page. 

The Search Strategy Builder was developed by the University of Arizona Libraries(CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).