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Penfield Library. (2014. February 3). Basic Boolean [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXdgsr2Lurc
Boolean Operators (And, Or, Not)
Use to connect dissimilar terms
inclusion AND "academic achievement"
Use to search synonyms or related terms
primary OR elementary
“Second Language Acquisition” OR “English Second Language”
Use to eliminate a term
cloning NOT sheep
Other useful tips
Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase or name:
- "classroom management"
- "Race to the Top"
- "Tom Torlakson "
Use a symbol (typically *) to look for variant endings of a word
- teach* will search for teaches, teacher, teaching, etc.
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Education Source is designed to meet the needs of education students, professionals and policy makers. The collection provides indexing and abstracts for more than 2,850 academic periodicals and includes full text for more than 1,800 journals, 550 books and monographs, education-related conference papers, citations for over 4 million articles including book reviews and over 100,000 controlled and cross-referenced names of educational tests.
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includes archives of over one thousand leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work.
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A digital library containing high-quality reference books from the world's leading publishers. Offers access to millions of entries and contains all types of reference books including dictionaries and encyclopedias, covering science to Shakespeare.
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Provides publication information for magazines, journals, newsletters, newspapers, and other periodicals. Coverage is international in scope
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