Searching Techniques

Basic Search Tips

1. Identify the main concepts of your research topic and brainstorm possible keywords.

2. Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) to combine keywords and enhance your search. Boolean operators should be capitalized when searching Omni.

  • Use AND to combine topics - "national identity" AND Oka
  • Use OR to between related words or synonyms - women OR female
  • Use NOT to exclude terms; gambling NOT lottery
  • Use quotation marks to search for phrases, ex: "Quiet Revolution"  "Quebec separatism"
  • Use the asterisk* for word endings to broaden your search - Canad* = Canada, Canada's, Canadian, Canadians
  • Use the question mark ? for single character wildcard - wom?n - for woman, women

3. Begin searching for material using Omni, the library's main search box to find books and other sources on your topic. Remember to filter your search by content type for each new search.

4. Here are the general filters for finding peer reviewed journal articles:

  • Peer reviewed Journals
  • Article
  • Subject

5. Here are the filters for finding books/monographs:

  • Print/Physical Item
  • Books
  • Book chapters
  • Subject - optional
Content last reviewed: May 12, 2021