Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Communication

Journals

3 Rules of Searching

1. Use KEYWORDS not whole sentences

Example:

Sentence: Why are there a lot of at-risk students not reading at grade level?

Keywords/concepts: “at-risk”; “students”; “reading”

 

2. Use SYNONYMS for multiple searches

Example:

“at-risk”= “susceptible”

“students” = “youth”

“reading” = “comprehension”

 

3. Use BOOLEAN OPERATORS to create a search string:

  • Use AND in between keywords to NARROW results

 Example:

   “communication” AND  “social media”

 

  • Use OR in between keywords to BROADEN results

  Example:

  “body language” OR  “non-verbal communication”

 

  • Use NOT in between keywords to EXCLUDE results 

  Example:

  “social media” NOT “Facebook”