Searching in library databases is different to searching in Google. To search effectively in library databases, you need to apply special search techniques. The table below demonstrates five of the most useful search techniques. Once you've mastered these techniques, you can apply them to most library databases.
|Operator||Symbol||What it does||Example|
|AND||AND||Combines two or more different keywords or concepts.||technology AND curriculum AND Australia|
|OR||OR||Includes alternative words or synonyms in your search.||"vocational education" OR TAFE|
|NOT||NOT||Excludes any resources that include this word. Should be used with caution because it can exclude relevant resources.||"Second language acquisition" NOT adults|
|Truncation||*||Finds all of the possible logical extensions of that word or word stem.||Child* would find child, children and children's.|
|Phrase searching||"||Finds an exact phrase.||"mental health"|
Watch the short video below to find out more about search techniques and how to apply them effectively.