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Good Search Statements. …or thinking more about searching than you ever have before…. The Vending Machine Search Statement. I’m hungry. M&M’s Oreos HoHo’s Butterfinger. Potato Chips Fritos Nachos Sun Chips. Sweet or salty?. A6 A20 B3 C4. A15 B4 B16 C3. Trail Mix

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Good search statements

Good Search Statements

…or thinking more about searching than you ever have before…


The vending machine search statement

The Vending Machine Search Statement

I’m hungry

M&M’s

Oreos

HoHo’s

Butterfinger

Potato Chips

Fritos

Nachos

Sun Chips

Sweet or salty?

A6

A20

B3

C4

A15

B4

B16

C3

Trail Mix

Honey Chex Mix

A1

C10

Sun Chips

Butterfinger

Trail Mix


The information search topic

Keywords / Search terms

Gardasil

Human papilloma virus

HPV

STDs

Cervical cancer

Genital warts

Girls

Adolescents

Parental rights

Vaccine

Prevention

Public health

Mandatory vaccination

Sex education

Search Statement

Gardasil AND prevention

Vaccin* “parental rights”

Adolescents and STDs

“cervical cancer” AND HPV

+vaccine +parents +HPV

“public health” AND “mandatory vaccination”

“public health” AND “parental rights”

The information search topic

Merck & Co.’s “One Less” ad campaign for the human

papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine, Gardasil

Different

results

for every

kind of

search


Deconstructing a search statement

Deconstructing a search statement

HPV and vaccine

HPV

AND

vaccine

TERMS

CONNECTORS


Good search statements

Terms


Keyword searching

WHAT:

Using words that may occur somewhere in a document, such as the title, description (abstract) or full-text of the resource itself.

WHERE:Library catalogs, article databases, Web search engines (like Google).

Keyword Searching

Vaccine AND HPV


Subject heading search

Subject Heading Search

Papillomavirus vaccines

  • WHAT:Using standard terms or subject headings that have been identified by an editor to represent the main focus of a document.

  • WHERE:Library catalogs, article databases and some other Web databases.


Turning a keyword search into a subject heading search

Turning a keyword search into a subject heading search

Food safety

Food irradiation

Safety of genetically modified foods

Pesticide residue on food products

Food safety

become


Turning a subject heading search into a keyword search

Turning a subject heading search into a keyword search

  • Food Safety

  • Food irradiation

  • Safety of genetically

  • modified foods

  • Pesticide residue on

  • food products

Food safety

becomes


Narrowing

Narrowing

Least specific to most specific

food manufacturers

cereal

manufacturers

General Mills


Broadening most specific to least specific

BroadeningMost specific to least specific

university presidents

OSU presidents

Gordon Gee


Good search statements

Connectors


Boolean

Boolean

AND

education AND computers

OR

film OR cinema

NOT

Buckeyes NOT trees


Phrases

Phrases

“paris hilton”

paris hilton (AND is usually assumed)


Good search statements

Limits


Language

Language

English

en Español


Good search statements

Date

1861

1899

2007


Publication type

Publication Type

Movie

Scholarly Article

Newspaper

Book


Limits in google

Limits in Google


Limits in an article database

Limits in an article database


Limits in a library catalog

Limits in a library catalog


Good search statements

Let’s Try

Using These

Strategies


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