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LINGUISTICS 2D03 - Research Methods

Finding Articles

Searching Databases

The goal of a successful search is to retrieve all of the information relevant to a research question without retrieving irrelevant information. This requires creating an effective search string.

1. Identify main concepts from the research question.

2. Brainstorm alternative words and phrases.

3. Create search strings using Boolean Operators.

Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators  AND is also implied by a blank space between words. E.G. Geriatric AND Driving. Results will contain both the  words “geriatric” and “driving.” OR E.G. Geriatric OR Elderly. Results will contain one or more of the words “elderly” or “geriatric.” NOT E.G. Elderly NOT “Middle Aged.” Results won’t contain the search term “middle aged.”

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