On completion of this module you will be able to:
Why do I need to know about keywords?
How do I know which keywords to use in my search?
The first step is to consider the key concepts in your topic. Consider the following topic:
TIP: Consider variations in spelling: colour/color, organise/organize, theatre/theater.
Combine your keywords using Boolean operators to broaden or narrow your search.
AND will narrow your search. Useful when your keywords are quite common and you need to be specific.
OR will broaden your search. Useful when your terms are very specific and you need to cast a wide net.
NOT eliminates a word from your search. Useful when you get two terms often found together and you are only interested in one.
Combining Boolean Operators
You can combine Boolean operators into longer search strings. The search below can be entered like this:
(manage OR control) AND "natural resources"
It will return results containing "manage" and "natural resources" and also "control" and "natural resources".
Some more examples: