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Let's review the basics of database searches
- Nature language doesn't work in database search!
- Use keywords with correct spelling.
- Think of synonyms for keywords
- Use Boolean connectors: AND OR NOT
Boolean Connectors – Use the connectors OR and AND to broaden or narrow your search.
Narrow Search: affordable health care act AND birth control
Expand Search: drugs OR pharmaceuticals
Nesting – Use parentheses and Boolean connectors to create sophisticated search strings.
(trade or export or import) AND multinational
Truncation – Use truncation symbol to look for multiple word endings (usually an asterisk *).
prescri* = prescription OR prescribed OR prescribe
Examples of Boolean Connectors