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CHM321 Research Skills Guide: Search techniques

Common Search Tips

These search tips can help you to find more relevant results in Primo Search and many other library databases. You can also have a look at the Database Help and the Primo Search Help guides.

Search Operator Example
Use AND to retrieve results that contain both of your search terms. laboratory AND accident
Use OR to retrieve results that contain any or all of your search terms. laboratory OR lab
Using NOT to exclude irrelevant results. lab NOT retriever
Combine terms with parentheses to create complex searches. (laboratory OR lab) AND accident
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase "chemical hazard"
Search for terms with different word endings using an asterisk. manag* = manage, managed, managing, management
A question mark can be used to replace a single letter within a word. analy?e = analyse, analyze

Some databases use different symbols, so if these tips don't work in the database you are using check their help section.

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