Using Specific Search Tools for Best Results

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Published on March 20, 2014

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“Phrase searching”Use “around “legitimate phrases, names, titles • “vitamin A” •“Lady Gaga” or “Kurt Cobain” •Titles “The Lord of the Rings” •“to be or not to be” Use AND (example: designer AND babies)

Using AND, you only receive pages including both of your search terms, though not necessarily next to one another. Using OR, you receive pages containing either one or both of your search terms. Using NOT includes only the first term and NOT the second one. AND, OR and NOT

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ProQuest Advanced Search Narrow sources by type Use subject area searches as well to narrow & streamline results Searches for related content – copy a section from a document to find “similar”

Health Sciences and Nursing Subject Search: Plastic AND Surgery Check related search terms to narrow results Narrow results further

Search by Issue or Geographic Region Subject specific searches Video & podcasts

Quick Links Quick links for tools

Search by Country or continent Videos & Podcasts Search by Subject Current Events

My library stores your finds! Pick most current articles by date Identifies Document or Website Find articles like this one

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