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Search Smarter, Search Faster

Search Smarter, Search Faster

A You-Tube video that explains in a fun way how to conduct more efficient searches in library databases.  It explains how to use keywords and synonyms and the words "or" and "and" to gain better results from your searches. 

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Megan Hodge
Megan Hodge (Librarian)
3 years ago

I have regularly used this video in any sessions I teach that cover Boolean operators for the last several years. The humor and dinosaurs are just cheesy enough to be funny rather than groan-inducing, and the visual (as well as verbal) explanation of how Boolean operators work is helpful for those who learn better by seeing rather than hearing.

It is, however, rather long at 7 minutes. It would be more helpful if broken down into two (shorter) videos:  one on the need for coming up with additional keywords/related terms, and another on the mechanics of searching with Boolean operators.

Used in course? Yes
Time spent reviewing site: 15 minutes
Sally Robertson
Sally Robertson (Librarian)
5 years ago

This is a well done and entertaining video that explains how to use boolean logic (keywords, synonyms, and, or) to get better results when doing research in library databases. 

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Uses Adobe Flash

Time spent reviewing site: 15 min.