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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.

Put phrases in quotation marks:  "theatre of the absurd"  "proscenium stage" "postmodern realism" 

Truncation: Add an asterisk * to the end of a term to retrieve results with multiple endings. For example: roman* will retrieve records for romantic, romanticism, romance, romantics, etc.

Boolean Operators can help you expand or narrow your search.

AND: (Beckett AND "Waiting for Godot") Narrows your search so that only records containing both search terms come back to you.
OR: (theater OR theatre) Broadens your search so that all records containing the term theater as well as all records containing the term theatre come back to you.
NOT: (Shakespeare NOT sonnets) Narrows your search so that you get records about Shakespeare but none that are about his sonnets.


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