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1 Knowledge Services Group Information Search Tips and Tools

2 Types of Search Quick and Dirty Advanced Knowledge Services Group

3 Types of Search Quick and Dirty Advanced Knowledge Services Group I need some craft supplies I need supplies for spinning and weaving (58 million hits) (368 thousand hits)

4 Types of Search Source E S o i n r I a D G s d Knowledge Services Group An example of the way things are organised and structured on the internet An example of the way things are organised and structured in a human-created and managed information source like a database Organised

5 Truncation Uses the root of a word/term to search for all related words/terms with that root Knowledge Services Group friend befriend friendly friendship friendless girlfriend boyfriend unfriendly friends friendliness

6 Wildcards * % ! $ + ? # Knowledge Services Group Not a sweary word, just a few examples of the characters often used as wildcards in information searching $friend retrieves befriend, boyfriend, girlfriend, unfriendly

7 Boolean Operators Knowledge Services Group AND OR NOT Narrows a search : fewer results Widens a search : more results Excludes certain items : fewer results Search strategy??

8 The AND Operator Knowledge Services Group PlumbingRods Plumbing AND Rods Everything plumbingAll kinds of rods

9 The OR Operator Knowledge Services Group ColourColor OR British items containing the word colour American items containing the word color

10 The NOT Operator Knowledge Services Group Trousers NOT black

11 Filters or Limits Knowledge Services Group Search results Filter Filtered search results

12 Knowledge Services Group Information Search Tips and Tools Check Knowledge Nuggets for regular updates……. More help is available from the Help and Training pages of The Knowledge Network, from your local librarian or from


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