Using Boolean Operators & Truncation
- AND, OR, NOT, W/# (for within or nearby a certain number or words in the full-text)
- Example: African Americans AND masculinity
- Ex: African Americans OR Blacks
- Ex: African American NOT African
- Ex: Spike Lee W/10 cinema
- Most catalogs & databases use *, ?, # symbols to truncate (shorten) words
- Be careful not to truncate a word too short, some entries will be unrelated to your search
- Can be used at the end of a word and internally too
- Example: Educat* = education, educator, educators
- Ex: Wom?n = woman, women
- Ex: S*nk = sink, sank, sunk
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