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Library Resources: Formulating Search Statements





The image below shows a brief explanation of how to choose keywords for your search:

 Screenshot from EasyBib site showing how to create key words



Truncation is another way to widen a search, and pick up alternative forms of a particular word.

Typing the root word and a symbol (usually *, ?, or #) will bring up anything beginning with that root word. 

Miami Dade Online Catalog uses *. 

Symbols may differ according to the database used.

Diet*   = diet, dietary, dietician, etc.

Nutri? = nutrition, nutrients, nutritional, nutritionist, etc.


Boolean Operators

Boolean Search

Image showing different results depending upon Boolean search type

Boolean Video

Boolean Search Video

Below is a short video explaining how Boolean operators help you create search statements that limit or expand your result sets.

To contact the creator of this video, email

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