Search with Boolean Operators

A Boolean Operator is a word that communicates search functions. AND, OR, and NOT are the Boolean operators used in searching databases to combine terms and search more efficiently.

AND = Results contain BOTH terms.
OR = Results contain EITHER term.
NOT = Results have the first term(s), but not the term following NOT.

Boolean operator

Search Strategies

Search Strategies

Combine Keyword and Subject Searches

Use keywords that describe your topic or descriptive terms from your thesis statement. For primary source documents, such as a study or report, include those terms in the search. Examples:

How to find an article using citation information

When you find an article in a bibliography or reference list, search the article title in opens new windowEagleSearch.

If you have some citation information:

If you have a topic and journal name: