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Ethics & the Law (ETLW)

This guide is designed to support all ETLW classes. It includes link to library databases, ebooks, search tips, and citation guidance.

Search Techniques

Connectors, or Boolean Operators, are words that combine concepts together in a search. These operators allow you to keep your search ("AND"); keep your search broad ("OR); or exclude words from your search.


  • Corporate social responsibility AND consumers= This will give you results that includes both corporate social responsibility and consumers.
  • Corporate social responsibility OR consumers=This will give you results that includes all the words.
  • Corporate social responsibility AND consumers NOT Men=This will give you results that include Corporate social responsibility and consumers but excludes men.

Quotations can be especially useful if you are searching for a phrase. This can also be useful if you are searching an exact match for a title of an article or book. If you don't use quotations the system (internet or library database) will look for each word individually. 




This technique is using the root or stem of a word and the search will bring back a variety of endings to the word.



rac*= race, races, racism, racial, racialized

educat*=educate, education, educated, educating

sustain*=sustain, sustains, sustainable, sustainability