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NRS221 Research Skills Guide: Search strategies

Common Search Tips

These search tips can help you to find more relevant results in Primo Search and many other library databases. If these tips don't work in the database you are using check their help section for their set of symbols.

Search Operator Example
Use AND to retrieve results that contain both of your search terms. health AND nursing
Use OR to retrieve results that contain any or all of your search terms. aged OR "older person" OR elderly
Using NOT to exclude irrelevant results. aged care NOT palliative care
Combine terms with parentheses to create complex searches. (nursing OR health care) AND elderly
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase "aged care"
Search for terms with different word endings using an asterisk. elder* = elder, elders, elderly
A question mark can be used to replace a single letter within a word. analy?e = analyse, analyze


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