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AND narrows down your results because it only finds items that include both search terms as a keyword.
OR expands your results because it finds items that include either one or both search terms as a keyword.
NOT makes your results more specific by excluding words that aren't relevant to your search.
PLANNING YOUR SEARCH
A concept map is a visual representation of a research topic. Concept maps are a great way to organize and explore the different facets of your topic. Once you decide on a main research topic, make that the center of your concept map. Determine the key concepts and areas that make up your main topic and make these the first branches from your central topic. Additional branches can break your subtopics down into more specific areas, which can help to narrow down your focus if your main topic is too broad to research.
Once you have a topic in mind, develop a list of related terms and ideas to use in your search.
Identify your topic
Identify 2 - 4 key concepts related to your topic
Identify multiple related keywords for each concept
Use Boolean Operators with parentheses and multiple keywords to produce very specific results!
media AND (women OR girls) AND (body image OR self esteem)