Before starting your search, think about how you might define your information needs using key terms and the words AND, OR, and NOT.
|1||Identify your search ideas.||I need information on dogs and cats, but not about the various breeds.|
|2||Select key search terms.||dog, cat|
|3||Browse the indexes to verify the spelling and format of any key terms. This is especially useful for checking name spelling variations.||dog not dawg|
|4||Determine the relationships between terms. Use the plus sign (+) to indicate plurals.||I want results to include dog and cat, but not breed.|
|5||Combine terms using Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT).||dog AND cat NOT breed|