Conducting a Library Search 

Conducting a Library Search

The choice of Boolean terminology can markedly affect your search returns. Select a topic related to your area of practice, and select two scholarly databases to find information on the topic. Describe the search. What key words did you use? How many articles did your initial search yield? How did you narrow or expand the search? How many articles did you find once you narrowed or expanded the search? Summarize the results from the search.


Conducting a search on a scholarly database can seem very intimidating at first. As I progress through my career and education, it does seem like it has become easier to conduct a quick search yielding the best possible scholarly results. First, I always try to establish a list of the keywords related to the topic I am searching. Next, I start by using the Boolean Operations term ‘AND’ to combine the keywords that I think would yield the best results. If this is not successful I move on to using the Boolean Operations term ‘OR’ to yield a broader search………………

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