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Advanced Search Techniques

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Getting Started

This guide describes numerous advanced searching techniques that can be applied in most databases and even in Google. Advanced searching involves being more strategic in how you use databases, search terms, and existing citations. 

Please note that while library databases tend to work more or less the same, the exact way a technique is executed in a particular database can vary. (It is also possible that some of these techniques will not work in the database you are using.) When first working with a database, it is helpful to familiarize yourself with its interface and to consult its help pages when you have questions concerning its capabilities. 

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