Develop a search statement to search databases (including news databases), the catalogue, and other academic sources
A search statement includes a list of keywords, combined using Boolean Operators (AND; OR; NOT)
- AND - this will combine concepts, all of which must be found in your list of results
- media AND children
- OR - either this concept or that concept (or both). This is helpful for generating a list of synonyms. Use synonyms to anticipate the different ways different authors may refer to the same idea. A thesaurus can be helpful for this
- internet OR web OR online
- NOT - do not include this concept
- advertising NOT magazine
- Quote marks - find a specific phrase
- "net neutrality"
- Truncation - any other combination of letters to follow
- canad* - will find canada, canadian, canadian's, etc.
- journalis* - will find journalism, journalist, journalistic, etc.
- Combine one or more of these operators
- Put a list of synonyms in brackets
- specify a date or a range of dates
For example, my topic is to investigate whether or not smartphones have a negative impact on society. My search statement might look something like this:
(smartphone OR "mobile phone" OR "cell phone") AND (societ* OR cultur*)
Remember: if searching in a foreign language newspaper, search terms must be in that language
- Use Google Translate to translate English terms into foreign language