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Library 101 For Students: Research Tips

A short introduction to the CCBC Libraries

Academically Appropriate Sources for Research (ACDV Video)

Boolean Searching

Boolean
Operators

 

 

 

Operator

Function

Example

Venn Diagram

AND

Narrows the set

"climate change" AND
"polar bears"--
Results must contain both
keywords

       AND Venn diagram illustration      

 OR

Broadens the set
“or means more”

 "climate change" OR
"global warming"

Results
will include items with either
keywords

 OR Venn Diagram Illustration

NOT

Eliminates records

 "climate change" NOT
"greenhouse gases"

Results
will have the words climate change
but not the words greenhouse gases

 NOT Venn diagram illustration

Adapted From: http://libguides.lr.edu/asheville-maw