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Keyword Searching in Library Databases

This guide presents 7-steps in a successful keyword search through a two-part power point presentation with voice-over audio. The guide covers the use of Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT; truncation; and tips on choosing a database.

Definition & Purpose of a Keyword

Definition ... A keyword is a word or short phrase that identifies a central concept in a research topic, question, or thesis.

Purpose ... To retrieve a “good” list of information sources about a specific topic. 

Part One: Successful Keyword Searching

Part Two: Successful Keyword Searching