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WGSS 1010- Gender and Sexuality in College

Advanced Search Techniques


Search any form of a word by taking the root of the word and adding an asterix.

Example:  learn* will search learn, learner, learners, learning, etc.

Example: sex positiv* 


Boolian Operators AND, OR

Narrow your search using AND in between each of your keywords to find articles with all of your keywords included. The more keywords you search using AND, the fewer results you will have.

Example: campus safety and sexual assault


Broaden your search using OR in between each of your keywords to find articles with any of your keywords included.  Use OR when you are searching synonyms/ similar/ related terms. The more keywords you search using OR, the more results you will have.

Example:   university students or college students or undergraduates

Example: gender equity or title ix  AND college athletics or campus sports


Phrase Searching

Putting quotes around your keywords allows you to search these terms as a phrase.

Example: "No child left behind"

Boolean Search Tutorial from Western University

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California State University, Los Angeles
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Los Angeles, CA 90032-8300