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Minnesota State University, Mankato

Minnesota State University, Mankato

Answer: Search Efficiently

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How can I search efficiently?

While each catalog, index, or database creates its own protocols for searching, some general principles apply. Boolean Operators, "AND", "OR", and "NOT" allow you to combine search terms.

Advanced search screens, or the use of parentheses (nesting) allow you to specify in what order you would like terms combined.

Truncation allows you to add a symbol at the end of a word root to retrieve variant endings, such as plurals. All catalogs, indexes, databases, and search engines have "Help" screens to inform you of their specific protocols.