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EMCH 428: Senior Design Course

Search Tips & Strategies: Constructing Your Keyword Search

AND AND narrows your search by telling Find It @ UofSC, article databases, or other library resources that ALL keywords must be found in a source in order for it appear in your results
OR

OR broadens your search by telling Find It @ UofSC, article databases, or other library resources that ANY keywords much be found in a source in order for it to appear in your results. 

This is a great option for searching synonyms or related terms.  If you type in women OR females, results will have either term but not necessarily both.

*

This is a truncation symbol that will broaden your search by including various word endings.

influen*  will search for influence, influences, influential, influencer, as well as influencers

"  "

Use quotation marks to match an exact phrase or word. If there are different spelling or punctuation options those results will not be returned (Ex: "3-d model" will not show any results that use "3d model" )

"engineering analysis"

Here is an example of how to construct a search:

search example

 

Evaluating Sources