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EPR 594: Introduction to Research Design: Searching

Almost all databases use the same functions.  Once you know what to look for and how it works you can take that skill set anywhere.

A Reminder about Keywords

"Keyword" is just a term used to encompass all sorts of words and ideas that you use to search for resources.  They include terms from the

  • Title
  • Author's name
  • Publishing dates
  • Previous search results
  • Reference Lists and Notes

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Other Search Options

Truncation searches for all forms of a word.

  • In most databases, the truncation symbol is the asterisk *.  Check the help menu to confirm. 

  • Educat* in a search box will bring up results with all words having the root “educat,” such as education, educational, and educators.

Quotation Marks search for phrases.  Entering “special education” in the search box will force the search to look for the phrase instead of separating the words.

Putting it together

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