These tips pertain to many library databases including the "Advanced Search" screen of Pirate Search.
|How it works:||Search results contain both Term #1 and Term #2||Search results contain either Term #1 or Term #2 (or both)|
|Effects on search results:||Narrows /
|Examples with diagrams:||
Peas AND Carrots
Results = the middle area overlapped by both circles
Peas OR Carrots
Results = the entire area
Using an asterisk wildcard (*) at the end of a partial word will broaden search results by including multiple word endings.
When searching for a specific phrase (two or more words together), adding quotation marks around that phrase will typically narrow your search results.
Not finding helpful resources with just a general keyword search? When you search a keyword, the search engine is looking for that keyword ANYWHERE in the article--in the title, in the abstract, in the footnotes, in the annotated bibliography, anywhere. To limit your results to only the most relevant, consider searching for a word under the "title" or "subject" categories rather than "keyword."
For some research assignments, you may want only the most up-to-date content. You can filter your results to a specific publication date range--for example, scientific articles published within the past year, to find the best content. For more information, see our video tutorial below on limiting your Pirate Search results!
Example topic: "The effects of media violence on children"
|Original Term||Synonym #1||Synonym #2|
A concept map can help you identify the key ideas or concepts to use when you're researching your topic using books and articles. To complete the concept map:
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