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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