Using Keywords and Boolean Logic – Introduction

Icon representing the Searching Using Keywords and Boolean Logic module. A person looking at his computer screen. On the screen, there are the words "Keywords:" and "Search".

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Description: Learn about Boolean operators and other tips and tricks to be a more efficient researcher.

What Do You know?

Before starting this module, test your baseline knowledge with the following questions. You will receive basic feedback on your answers that will be further explained by the content in the module. Good luck! These questions are just for practice: your results will not be recorded by the system.

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Learning Objectives

At the end of this module you will be able to:

  • Develop a search strategy using the research question(s) you have identified with a model such as the FILAC method;
  • Choose effective keywords and keyword alternatives; and
  • Create, using Boolean logic and operators, search strings that will successfully and efficiently return relevant research results.