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Searching for Articles & Using Databases

When you create a search string, there are things to remember:

  • Always use parentheses around your search words to "preserve the logic" of your string. 

Example: (Jelly OR Jam) AND peanut butter =/= Jelly OR (Jam AND peanut butter).

  • Always keep your OR statements in one line and use parentheses--this prevents issues of the default process order of AND, OR, and NOT in various databases
  • Using quotation marks around phrases will look for exact matches, only.

Example: "bed bugs" will not find "bed bug". Instead search for bed AND bug*, without the quotes, to get both variations.