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ITC331 Research Skills Guide: Finding press articles

Media Databases

Charles Sturt Library holds not only databases that contain journal articles, but databases that focus on both newspaper and television news and content. For your assessment, you can use these databases to find information from the press on your chosen topic

Formulating search strings

Search techniques can be combined to create sophisticated and controlled searches. Combining these techniques together is called a search string or strategy, and you can see some examples in the following table. For more information on Boolean Operators and search techniques, check out these common search tips.

Search Strategy Operators
cybertechnology AND ethics Boolean
"data security" AND threats Boolean, phrase
"cloud computing" AND (privacy OR security) Boolean, grouping, phrase
"data mining" AND cyber* AND (ethical OR moral) Boolean, grouping, truncation, phrase

Proximity Searching

A proximity search forces a database to find results where one search term appears within a certain number of words of another search term. The proximity operator varies according to the database.

Examples from an Ebscohost database:

  • Ethics N3 cyber security (N=near)This will find results where Ethics is within 3 words of cyber security in any order
  • Ethics W3 cyber security (W=within) This will find results where Ethics is within 3 words of cyber security in the order in which you entered the search terms

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