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Information Skills - Tips for Searching in Academic Databases

What are Search Equations?

Search equations are strings of terms connected by relationship signifiers called Boolean operators.  There are three Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT.

You don't have to use search equations, but they will often improve the quality and quantity of your results.

You can create complex search equations to combine many different relationships. Use parentheses to isolate some searches before applying them to the whole search.