Searching Using AND, OR, NOT (Boolean Searching)
This brief Flash tutorial teaches students the basics of using AND, OR, and NOT to combine terms when searching in library catalogs, databases or the Web. This tutorial is very user-driven in that the user decides which aspects to learn (AND, OR, NOT) in which order. Users may also control the pacing of the tutorial using the back and next buttons. There are also simple, non-graded quizzes and humorous examples throughout to help reinforce...Show More
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Kimberly Miller (Librarian)
Overall, this is a very useful introduction to Boolean operators and could be great either for introducing students to the concept for the first time or as a review for students who may be struggling. The illustrative examples are very clear and I think would help studentss wrap their head around the AND, OR, NOT concepts.
Since this tutorial was submitted to MERLOT nearly 6 years ago, it'd be great to see a new version with updated screen shots and perhaps a non-Flash version that would be more compatible with mobile viewing.
Michael L. Porter, MDE.,MLIS (Librarian)
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Usage - I have not personally used this tutorial, but I have created tutorials discussing similar content.
Ease of Use - Found the tutorial very easy to navigate, instructions are simple and easy to follow.
Prior Use - As a former librarian I am very familiar with the topic area, both personally and professionally when using databases for research.
Accuracy of Content - Found this content to be accurate and reliable.
Overall I found this to be a very good tutorial and useful for anyone desiring to understand the concept of Boolean searching / operators.
I would however redesign the tutorial with up-to-date screenshots, and replace the outdated graphics with more modern icons and pics.
Finally, a link to allow users to download a printed (pdf) version of the tutorial.
Jon Drucker (Librarian)
This tutorial is just right for the "Introduction to Boolean Searching" segment in my information literacy classes. The language is clear enough and the scope is great for college freshmen.
Staci Wilson (Librarian)
This tutorial provides users with a guided simulation of Boolean Searching. It is simple and straightforward. This tutorial is an outstanding example of how to teach this type of search. I feel it can be used as a very effective teaching tool.
Requires Flash player.
Megan Hodge (Librarian)
I loved that this was interactive; it's great guided practice after the concept of Boolean has been introduced.
Kevin McDonough (Faculty)
Denise Landry-Hyde (Librarian)