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Develop a Search Strategy

Develop a Search Strategy

  • Clearly state your research topic

  • Identify each specific concept                                       

  • Plan your combination of terms using the Boolean operators AND, OR or NOT

  • Decide which database(s) to use to begin your search

Search Terms Worksheet

Search Tools

1 - Truncation or Wild Card
Use the asterisk or star (*) as a wildcard to find alternative word endings. For example, type "nurs*" to find articles containing the words nurse, nurses or nursing.


2 - Narrow or broaden a search by using Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT





An interactive tool for visualizing the effects of Boolean operators on keyword searches.