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Business Research Toolkit: News Searching

The Sterne Library's award winning Business Research Toolkit Program is offered each Fall and Spring semester. The hands-on program introduces participants to business resources and research strategies.

Sources Covered

Advanced Database Search Strategies

Place phrases (or company names with more than one word) in quotation marks.  This forces the database or search engine to find those words in that order.

Truncation allows you to search for multiple words by using that word's root.  Most databases and search engines use the asterisk (*) symbol for truncation. 

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) allow you to combine or exclude search terms and produce more focused and relevant search results. The OR connector is especially useful when searching using synonyms.  

Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) allow you to combine or exclude search terms and produce more focused and relevant search results. The OR connector is especially useful when searching using synonyms.  

Proximity searching allows you to specify the maximum number of words between search terms.  This is useful when you want to find terms that are close to one another but are not necessarily a phrase.  The most common syntax for proximity searching is: n/X (ABI/INFORM Complete and LexisNexis) and nX (Business Source Premier). The X represents the maximum number of words between the search terms.  

News Searching Materials

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