In order to find articles in a database, you must effectively communicate your information need to the database.
Mandates the inclusion of the word or phrases somewhere in the record.
Example: small business and e-commerce
Used to account for variety in expressing an idea. Records will contain any one of the words or phrases in the set, not necessarily all.
Example: (learning or instruction or training) and (web or internet or online)
Excludes records containing a specified word or phrase. When using “not,” one must put “not” at the end of one’s search statement.
Example: online learning not CD-ROM
Utilized to account for varieties of a desired word. The database will find records containing words beginning with the word chunk you provide.
For example, a search for manag* would retrieve records containing any of the following:
Management, managing, managers, etc.
Keep in mind that the truncation symbol changes from database to database. For example, while EBSCO databases use the asterisk (*), LexisNexis uses the exclamation point (!). Consult the respective databases' HELP screens to learn the truncation symbol for the given database.
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