A guide to political science research at CSU Libraries.
Basic mechanics for making efficient search statements
Core principles for creating efficient search statements that are applicable in virtually any database.
|Each result contains all search terms.||Each result contains at least one search term.||Results do not contain the specified terms.|
|The search heart and lung finds items that contain both heart andlung.||The search heart or lung finds items that contain either heart or items that containlung.||The search heart not lung finds items that contain heart but do not containlung.
- Wildcard (#): The “#” replaces any extra characters that may appear in alternative spellings. For example, “colo#r” finds both color and colour.
- Wildcard (?): The “?” replaces one character, for example “ne?t” finds neat, nest, or next, but will not find net.
- Truncation (*): The “*” replaces any number of characters and will find all forms of a word root, for example, “therap*” finds therapy, therapies, therapist, therapists, therapeutic, therapeutically, etc.
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