Join Elsa Loftis for an in-depth discussion in this video Search terms and methods: Boolean searching, part of Information Literacy.
- Sometimes even with keywords…and controlled vocabulary…or subject heading searches…we still need additional tools…to broaden or narrow a search.…To do so, you can use special boolean terms…in conjunction with your keywords…and controlled vocabulary phrases.…Just like controlled vocabularies,…boolean terms were developed to help guide…online searches in the days before keyword searching…became that common.…These are the boolean terms:…and, or, and not.…They are small simple words…but they are powerful search tools.…Using the and operator narrows your search…by instructing the catalog or database…to search for all of the catalog records…containing the first word,…then for all of the catalog records…containing the second word.…
This search will only display records…that contain both words.…For example, Picasso and Painting.…This is a visual of what you are looking for,…material that are both about Picasso,…and Painting.…The or operator broadens your search…to include either terms that you search for.…This search is especially helpful…
Artist or designer? Elsa explains how creative professionals can use informational searches for inspiration and professional development. Whatever your background, this course is designed to help you become a better, faster, and more thorough researcher.
- Understanding the information cycle
- Working with books, periodicals, databases, and web resources
- Identifying your information needs
- Choosing search terms
- Evaluating resources
- Citing sources
Skill Level Intermediate
Learning Management Systems (LMS) Quick Startwith Aaron Quigley41m 38s Intermediate
1. Types of Resources
2. Search Strategies
3. Resource Evaluation
4. Ethical Use of Information
6. Information Literacy for Art and Design
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