What to Look For
How To Search
AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:
Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.
Smart Searching Tips
Create a list of key words, and try different key words in your searches:
Who, what, where, when....topics, names and places are all good key words, so are titles, events or historical periods, genres/styles/other categories, expert terms.
Add to your list by looking for:
No results? Search more broadly:
Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term prints (broad), instead of just linocuts (narrow).
Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:
Try combining search words, using "and" in between: brainstorming and groups
Combine your terms using "AND":
Viola Spolin and exercises
Use the * (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.
improv* = improvisation, improviser, improvisational, etc.
Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase: