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Tips for Searching Online 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.

Phrase Search: Use quotation marks to indicate a phrase search (“death of God”)

Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings
For example: ethic* will retrieve records for ethic, ethics, ethical, ethicist

Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search

AND: (“William James” AND “will to believe”) Narrows your search so that only records containing both search terms come back to you.
OR: (moral OR ethical) Broadens your search so that all records containing the word moral as well as all records containing the word ethical come back to you.
NOT: (Kierkegaard NOT “fear and trembling”) will brings back records about Kierkegaard and none that are about fear and trembling.