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Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security Research Skills Guide: Search Tips

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. police AND federal
Use OR to retrieve results that contain any or all of your search terms. law OR legislation
Using NOT to exclude irrelevant results. fire NOT housefire
Combine terms with parentheses to create complex searches. criminal (law OR legislation)
Use quotation marks to search for a phrase "emergency management"
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. organi?ation=organisation, organization

 

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