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COLS 1000: Food for Thought

Search Tips

Use these search tips in any catalog or database.

Using AND

Use AND in your search to:

  • Narrow down your results
  • Find sources that have ALL of your search terms

Example:  food insecurity AND developing countries

Using OR

Use OR in your search to:

  • Connect 2 or more similar terms (synonyms)
  • Broaden your results (so that your results have either term)

Example:  policy OR legislation

Quick Tricks

*  Add an asterisk onto the root of a word to find results that use all variations of that word.

Example:  label* = label, labels, labeling

"..."  Place quotation marks around search terms or a search phrase to search for that EXACT phrase.

Example:  "slow food movement" or "genetically modified foods"

(...)  Use parentheses to nest similar terms or to ensure the database will search your terms in the correct order.

Example:  "genetically modified foods" AND (policy OR legislation)

Using NOT

Use NOT in your search to:

  • exclude a word from your search
  • Narrow down your results, telling the system not to include any results with that term

Example:  "food insecurity" NOT "food desert"