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Sustain 4S06 - Fall 2017

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

A cheat sheet depicting the different Boolean Operators, meaning AND, OR and NOT and the Boolean Modifiers being quotation marks, asterisk and brackets.