Course Number: GS400/RE650ASubject: Global Studies, Religion and Culture A substantive portion of the presentation given in class is embedded in the slides below. You can advance the presentation using the bar or the arrow below the presentation. Constructing a search strategy and "search string" Most databases: Use connectors (Boolean operators) to combine terms Watch our video Better Searching using AND, OR NOT AND = use between search terms to retrieve ALL the words in each record e.g. Park AND planning OR = use to search related terms/synonyms on the same topic e.g. Park OR "Protected area" NOT = excludes words or phrases, but should be used judiciously e.g. Park NOT Disne " " = phrase search, exact words in a particular order * = truncation, searches for different forms of a word (variant spellings) e.g. farm* = farm, farms, farmed, farming e.g. colo*r = color, colour ? = wildcard, searches for variant spellings of one letter, e.g. glacier? = glacier, glaciers Most databases have good "Help" resources on Boolean/Advanced searching; good to check these out before you start; they have advanced features not discussed in detail in class Keywords vs. Subject Headings Keyword searches - database will search in Abstracts or Keyword fields for terms Subject headings - used in Omni, ProQuest, EBSCO; specific and added by indexers or cataloguers; precise Example: Omni uses Library of Congress Subject Headings Climatic Changes NOTE: most databases are case insensitive when using boolean operators; Omni is not; need to type AND OR and NOT in ALL CAPS.