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SCI 151: Science for Everyday Life: Articles

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Search the Web

Google Web Search

Good search terms to use

Try some of these search terms while searching the databases below:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • microbiology

Advanced Search Techniques


Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are used around phrases. By using quotations marks, you are telling the computer to only bring back pages with the terms you typed in the exact order you typed them.

Example: “health care reform” instead of health AND care AND reform


Truncation means to chop off.  When you truncate you chop off the end of the word, so the computer can search for multiple endings.

For example, your research question includes the keyword education.  You can truncate education, so that the computer will find all of the word ending variations.

         Educat* will find:





Be careful where you place the truncation symbol.  Educate* will not find education or educating, although it will find educate and educated.

Truncation will not find synonyms (i.e. scien* will not find the words botany, biology, or astronomy), although it may bring up articles on those topics IF they include the words science, scientific, or scientist.

Websites and Search Engines

Minus Symbol (-)

Sometimes when searching the web, the computer displays lots of results that are not on your topic. 

For example, you want to find information on laser surgery, but most of the search results are pulling up LASIK.  To remove these hits,  search for: “laser surgery” -LASIK

Be specific

Library catalogs and article databases have a limited amount of information.  The web is virtually limitless.  To pull up the most relevant information when searching the web, you need to use lots of terms related to your research question.

Academic Search Premier

Science Full Text Select

Science in Context

Subject Guide

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