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Gumberg Library Quick Search allows you to search for items in four general fields of information: Keyword, Author, Title, and Subject.
In database searching, boolean operators are referred to as conjunctions (AND, OR, NOT) use to combine or exclude key terms or phrases. This technique of searching is derived from George Boole's theories of algebraic logic. Applying this technique will eliminate inappropriate or unsuitable returning results.
AND-requires both terms to be in each item returned. Using AND will narrow your search results.
OR-either term (or both) will be in the returned document. Using OR results in a larger quantity of returns.
NOT-the first term is searched, then any records containing the term after the operator NOT are subtracted from the results.
Truncation is a search technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings. This is also referred to as stemming. By using an asterisk after the root of your desired search term, the results will yield any ending of that word.
Consider the following example: creat* will search creature, creation, create, creating, creator, etc.
Consider the following subject headings for a variety of sustainability topics: