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Identity Literacy: An Introduction to Cultural Competence in a Diverse World

Searching is Strategic

Precise Searching

Precise Searching

Searching databases *generally* works the same (there are exceptions). Consider these tips when developing a search strategy: 

  • The words "AND," "OR," and "NOT" can help you make a search more precise.

i.e.: The search 'films AND psychology NOT children', will return a search with results that contain the keywords 'films' and 'psychology' but not 'children' - important if you are only looking at adolescent psychology in films.

  • Using quotes around two or more words will help you find specific phrases. 

i.e.: "college athletes" will return results with only that exact phrase.