When searching the the catalog and databases for sources, do not type in whole sentences.
Look at your readings for ideas on topics. Write down possible search terms to use in the databases
There is no one 'correct' search word to use. Different keywords will give you more results. Think of words that mean the same or something similar as your topic and try those words too. E.g. Drones, Unmanned Aircraft, UAS, Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems
You may need to broaden or narrow your search terms depending on your results :
Search GPS (broader) instead of Geolocation ; or Retinal Scanning (narrower) instead of Biometrics.
Use the asterisk * to truncate words and widen your search. fingerprint* will search for fingerprint, fingerprints and fingerprinting.
Use quotation marks to keep phrases together: e.g. "DNA Database"
e.g. search "Social Media" AND Privacy and Geosocial
or Facebook* AND Privacy AND Geolocation
"Social Media" AND Location Tagging AND Apps
Try your search terms in different combinations to get the greatest number of results.
Use AND in a search to:
The purple triangle in the middle of the Venn diagram below represents the result set for this search. It is a small set using AND, the combination of all three search words.
Be aware: In many, but not all, databases, the AND is implied.
Use OR in a search to:
All three circles represent the result set for this search. It is a big set because any of those words are valid using the OR operator.
Use NOT in a search to: