How to research.
Combining Keywords

After you brainstorm for keywords, you can use them in searches for books and other items in the Local Catalog, for journal articles in databases, and for Web sites in Internet search engines.

Combining keywords from a topic helps you narrow or broaden a search. The connector words AND, OR, and NOT are important to use when you combine keywords. These words are also referred to as Boolean operators.

The following pages will show you how to search using AND, OR, and NOT. These connector words are especially useful when searching for books and articles.


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