Guide to Library Research
Mary Livermore Library
Unit 4: Searching for Resources

Limit Your Search
To limit your search, use "AND" to combine terms.


Example: let's say that you have developed the following topic question: "Is the concept of accountability an important part of the American educational system?" From this question, you then developed the following set of keywords: education or schools, accountability or assessment, and testing or achievement.


Start by combining two of your key words, such as education and accountability (see image below).




You can interchange different words for the same concept, such as assessment instead of accountability (e.g. education and assessment). You can truncate words with an asterisk (e.g. assess* = assessed, assesses, assessing, and assessment).


video Click here to watch a video showing how to narrow the focus of your searches in Academic Search Premier.