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Library Orientation SO: Searching Stronger

This page will help you complete stronger searches to get better results.

Searching Stronger

To get more relevant and useful results when you search in either the Library Catalog or one of the many library databases use some of the search tips below. 

Search Tips

Join keywords with AND:

global AND warming

Put quotation marks around phrases:

"capital punishment"

Try different words and phrases:

government shutdown, spending policy, debt limits

Try synonyms in different searches or use OR

cloning OR genetics OR reproduction

Use an asterisk:

govern* will find governs, government

Exclude words with NOT

obesity NOT fast-food

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