Library Research Tutorial: Adapted from Canvas Course
This Research Guide runs through the same information as the Library Tutorial course in Canvas. Use this guide to quickly access that information without needing to log into Canvas, and use it as a refresher for the main points in the Canvas tutorial.
See the next box for information on those asterisks.
Boolean Operators (And, Or, Not)
The database search form in the previous box shows how you might use two Boolean operators ("AND" and "OR") and a wildcard character: the asterisk (*). Using Boolean operators and other symbols affect the search results.
And, Or, Not
The table below shows how Boolean operators can change search results. This method can also be used with most Internet search engines.
How it works
Search results contain both Term #1 and Term #2
Search results contain either Term #1 and Term #2 (or both)
Search results contain Term #1 but filter out results with Term #2
Effects on search results
Wildcards and Quotation Marks
Using an asterisk (*) at the end of a partial word will broaden search results by including multiple word endings. This is called using a wildcard.
Using child* will search for all variations of the word child, including child's, children, children's, or childhood.
When searching for a phrase (two or more words together), placing quotation marks around that phrase will usually narrow your search results:
A new search on "Parents Television Council" -- with the quotation marks included -- will find only those records containing the three words together in the exact order.