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Create your search strategy

Use Boolean operators AND, OR

    - Use AND to combine different concepts, e.g. Art AND community

    - Use OR with keyword synonyms and related terms, e.g. (mobile phones OR cell phones)

Use  truncation (the * symbol),  to search the different forms of a word simultaneously, e.g. sustain* will find results containing sustain, sustains, sustainable, sustainability, sustaining and sustained.

Use phrases search by placing double quotation marks " - " around two or more words, e.g. “climate change” . This technique will ensure your results only contain the exact phrase.

Searching database video tutorials

Video - database searching

Google Scholar

When you are searching, always remember to set Google Scholar preferences - this means that you will be able to directly access any articles/journals that the SCU Library has subscribed to.

Google Scholar Search