Need to work on your research question? These videos will walk you through settling on a good topic, then refining it into a research question that works:
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.
Searching for information is about recognizing potential:
Linked with permission from UNC Library.
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 artist (broad), instead of just papermaker (narrow).
Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:
Try combining search words, using "and" in between: bookmaking and leather
Combine your terms using "AND":
women and artists and origami
Use the * (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.
paper* = paper, papers, papermaking, papercutting, etc.
Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase:
"United States Navy"