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Advanced Searching Tips

A variety of special tools are used in searching databases to get more relevant results. These tools include:

  • Phrase Searching with Quotation Marks
    • Use quotation marks to search with multi-word phrases.

Video Credit: NC State University Libraries

  • Boolean Operators (OR, AND, NOT)
    • The following video provides an overview of what Boolean operators are and how they are used in a search.

Video Credit: Deakin Library

  • Nesting Using Parentheses
    • Parentheses are most often used in a search to group synonyms together and provide the database an "order of operations" for the search. Watch the video below to see how this works and why nesting is a useful search technique.

Video Credit: Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Library