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Check Your Understanding of Database Searching

Click on the correct answer.

1. Once you have decided on a topic, which kind of database should you search first?
-subject specific
-multi disciplinary


2. What effect will truncation have on a search?

-broaden
-narrow

3. What effect will adding search terms joined by "and" have on the number of documents a search produces?
-increase
-decrease

4. What effect will using the boolean or have on a search?
-broaden it
-narrow it

Select the correct boolean operator for the following three searches:

5 . Journal articles on Nathaniel Hawthorne's novels.
-Hawthorne OR novels
-Hawthorne AND novels

6. Journal articles for a paper on The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter.
The House of the Seven Gables ANDThe Scarlet Letter
The House of the Seven Gables OR The Scarlet Letter

7. Journal articles for a paper on theme and setting in The House of the Seven Gables and The Scarlet Letter
(Theme AND setting) AND (The House of the Seven Gables AND The Scarlet Letter)
(Theme OR setting) AND (The House of the Seven Gables OR The Scarlet Letter
8. When you look over the results of a database search, which of the following should you check for other good terms to search?
-keywords
-descriptors or subjects








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