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PHAR 551

Healthcare Systems and Medication Safety

Databases

Search Tips

You can use Boolean Operators, Wildcard, Truncation, and Phrases to narrow or expand your search results.

Boolean Operators

  • AND
    • Narrows search
    • Fewer results
      • Food
      • AND
      • Social Justice
  • OR
    • Expands Search
    • More results
      • Hunger
      • OR
      • Famine
  • NOT
    • Narrows search
    • Fewer results
      • Social Justice
      • NOT
      • Equity

Truncation, Wildcards & Phrases

  • Wildcards
    • Searches for additional letters
    • Can be different things depending on database
    • Most use “?”
      • Wom?n
        • Women, Woman, Womyn
  • Truncation
    • Searches for additional suffixes or endings
    • Use *
      • Medicin*
        • Medicine, Medicines, Medicinal
  • Phrases
    • Searches for a specific string of words
    • Use quotes” “
      • “Social justice”