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SWK 3400 Human Behavior in the Social Environment II: Adult Lifespan

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Google Search

Use the limiter site: to filter for websites that end in a specific domain.

Examples

  • site:.gov  returns sites that end with .gov
  • site:.edu  returns sites that end with .edu
  • site:.org  returns sites that end with .org

screenshot of Google search bar for site:.gov Aurora, Illinois

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Keywords

Identify keywords for your topic and brainstorm narrower, broader, and related terms.

Example: Factors that affect academic performance in first-generation college students.

Academic Performance College First-Generation Students
Student Success Higher Education Children of Immigrants
Student Achievement University Minority Students
Learning Outcomes Community College Nontraditional Students

 

Boolean Operators

Typing the Boolean Operators AND, OR, and NOT into the library catalog or databases allow you to broaden or narrow your results.

Peanut butter AND jelly, only results with both terms; Peanut butter OR jelly, results with either or both terms; Peanut butter NOT jelly, results with peanut butter only, excludes results with jelly and with both terms.

 

Found too many results?

Add more keywords.

Adding additional keywords to your search can help to further narrow your topic.

Example: college AND first-generation students AND academic performance

 

Found too few results?

Use OR.

Broaden your search by using OR to link your terms.

Example: (college OR higher education OR university) AND first-generation students AND (academic performance OR student success)

 

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