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This research guide is created specifically for Nursing Courses and topics such as Evidence Based Practice and PICO Formatting. It will help with library resources like finding articles, using databases, and much more!

How to...increase your search results.

Boolean Operators tutorial

Connecting terms

Boolean operators AND            OR         NOT

                                            AND=both/all      OR=any        NOT=exclude

Truncation/Wild Cards

Truncation symbol, [an asterisk (*), dollar sign ($), or plus sign (+), etc.], with the root/stem of a word broadens your search to include various wording endings:

child*=child or children or childhood

Wildcard symbol may also be used to replace a single character to include different spellings:

wom?n for women or woman

Databases use different symbols so check the searching help.