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Too few or too many results?

  • Spelling counts! Check your spelling 
  • Remove stop words. Stop words include: a, an, the, in, of, on, are, be, if, into, which
  • Search with keywords, not sentences
    • For example, reduce the sentence, the effects of globalization on poor communities to its main aspects (keywords and keyword phrases), which are, globalization AND poverty
  • Try synonyms for keywords
    • For example, try worldwide AND scarcity for globalization AND poverty
  • Use the Boolean operator AND to join keywords. AND narrows your search
  • Broaden your search with Boolean operator OR
    • For example, globalization OR worldwide AND poverty OR scarcity
  • Experiment with amounts of keywords in a search
  • If applicable, try variant spellings
    • For example, using globalisation will retrieve different results than globalization
  • Surround keyword phrases (words dependent upon each other that form a concept) with quotation marks
    • For example, "global warming" is a keyword phrase 

And remember, Librarians are here for assistance. Visit the Reference Desk in the Library, call, or email us!

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