If you're not sure where to start your research, Pirate Search may help you find search terms and identify useful databases.
Example topic: "The effects of media violence on children"
|Original Term||Synonym #1||Synonym #2|
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.
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