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Tips for Searching Databases

Multiple Key Words or Phrases: Place in separate boxes or separate by Boolean operators. Don’t string them together all on one line as you would in Google.

Use key words to search, not full sentences.

Put phrases in quotation marks:  "solar energy"   "virtual reality" "resource analysis"

Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings. Crim* will find crime, criminal, criminology, etc. 
Wom*n will find women & woman.

Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search

AND: Limits search (GIS AND crime)
OR: Expands search (GIS OR geographic information systems)
NOT: Excludes terms (GIS NOT criminology)