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Creating Search Statements

Here's a basic search to start your research:

("PR term" OR "PR term" OR "PR term") AND "research topic"


  • Group similiar terms together using parentheses
    • Separate similar terms with OR
    • When you use OR, you must always use parentheses and vice versa
  • Use quotation marks when you search for a phrase
  • AND narrows your search
  • OR broadens your search
  • Use the facets provided in the database to limit your results by date, location, source type, etc.
  • Use truncation (*) to find different variations of a word

More advanced searching tips:

  • Break your research topic into key points
    •   ex. Sony, security, breach, playstation
  •  Review initial search results and look for trends that are:
    • More specific. Revise search using new terms
    • Off-topic. Use NOT to eliminate major off-topic trends.

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