Background sources can help you learn the language related to your topic. You may gather synonyms for the keywords in your topic and use those synonyms in your search strings.
The information given in this section will help you to complete the second part of your library assignment.
Try advanced searching using Boolean operators.
Wilson, Emily. "Boolean Operators." Online video clip. YouTube. YouTube, 24 Apr. 2008. Web. 09 July 2014.
The Boolean Operators: AND, OR, and NOT
AND finds sources that mention both listed concepts.
Wikipedia AND accuracy
OR finds sources that mention either of the two concepts.
Wikipedia AND (accuracy OR reliability)
NOT excludes sources that mention a certain concept.
Wikipedia AND (accuracy OR reliability) NOT “drug information”
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Quotes link phrases together. Putting the phrase “drug information” in quotes searches sources with that exact phrase, instead of searching sources with the word “drug” and “information” separately.
Truncation allows you to search a word in its varying forms. To use truncation, type the root of the word and place the truncation symbol (often an *) behind it.
Searching for accura* will include sources that use the term accurate and the term accuracy.
Wikipedia AND (accura* OR reliab*)