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ENM109 Research Skills Guide: Search techniques

General Search Tips

These search tips can help you to find more relevant results in Primo Search and many library databases. If these tips don't work in the database you are using, check the database's Help section for specific advice.

Search Operator Example
Use AND to retrieve results that contain both of your search terms. climate AND australia
Use OR to retrieve results that contain any either one of your search terms. climate OR weather

Combine terms with round brackets to create complex searches.

Alternatively, use separate lines of search.

(climate OR weather) AND australia

climate OR weather

[AND] australia

Use quotation marks to search for a phrase "climate change"
Use the asterisk to search for terms with different word endings. australia* = australia, australian, australia's
A question mark can be used to replace a single letter within a word. organi?ation = organisation, organization


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Further help with searching

For more help with searching in Primo Search and in journal databases, see: