Boolean operators are words you use to link your search terms together when searching for resources.
Use them to increase or decrease the number of search results to find what you need
|Boolean Operator||Example||Reason to Use|
|AND||women AND military||Searches for items that talk about both concepts together, and to DECREASE RESULTS.|
|OR||women OR females||Searches for items that talk about either concept individually, and to INCREASE RESULTS.|
|NOT||women NOT men||To eliminate terms and concepts and to DECREASE RESULTS.|
There are several things to think about when selecting a topic:
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Expanding a Topic
Once you have your topic, if you are having a hard time finding enough information than your topic might be too narrow. If that’s the case, try:
You can also:
Narrowing a Topic
If you need to narrow a topic from a broad subject to a specific research question or thesis statement, one of the easiest ways is by asking yourself the 5Ws – who, what, where, when, and why. You don't have to answer all the questions, but should answer enough so that your topic is manageable to research and will fit within your assignment length requirement.
Unlike Google and other web searches, databases work best when you enter keywords instead of full phrases or questions.
Keywords represent the main ideas and concepts in your research topic. Things to remember:
Identifying main concepts within your research question/topic.
Research Question: How does lack of access to food effect child development?
Main Concepts: lack of access to food, child development (words like how, does, and, to, etc. are not important)
There are a few types of keywords that you can work with, depending on your topic.