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Christine Edwards
Max Chambers Library
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Searching tips

You can use these tricks to help find the best results when searching.

Creating keywords:

Ask yourself the who, what, where, why questions and use the one/two word answers as your keywords!

Boolean terms:

AND combines, OR expands, NOT eliminates. Add them to your search to get more or less results! (Ex. helpful with synonyms (attorney OR lawyer) or getting rid of something unwanted - court NOT supreme)



Cut a word off at the trunk and let it branch out during the search! (Ex. criminology = crim* and gets results of crime, criminal, criminology, etc.).


Phrase searching:

Put quotation marks around your search terms to keep them together. (Ex. "federal register" or "prison reform").



Use parentheses to put it all together in a nice little nest!  ("united states" AND (statutes OR regulations))