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Information Technology

Article Databases

Choosing Keywords

Keywords are the core of your research idea. To generate them, think of the perfect article you'd like to find: what words would appear in there? Remember that keywords don't have to be one word. You can use multiple keywords to search for the same idea. Be creative!

Search Tips

Once you have selected some keywords, you can combine them with Boolean operators. Catalogues and databases respond to this type of logic. 

to narrow online AND privacy
to broaden internet OR online
to limit NOT email


to search for a phrase "privacy settings" ...only retrieves the two words together
for alternate spellings e?mail ...retrieves e-mail or email
 or. for different word endings  protect* ...retrieves protect, protection, protected, etc. 


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