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EDUC 053: Educating Emergent Bilinguals (SC)

Education 053: Educating Emergent Bilinguals (E. Allard) Fall 2019

Strategies to Improve Searches

 

Find information more effectively and efficiently by using these strategies.  All of these strategies work in Tripod, and most work in search engines and databases as well.

Phrase searching:

Use this strategy when researching concepts that are phrases (e.g. bilingual education or minority language), or when searching for a specific book or article (i.e. where you already know the exact title - e.g. Language, Borders and Identity).

  • For example, bilingual education will search for bilingual AND education
  • However, "bilingual education" in quotation marks will search for only this exact phrase. This increases the chance that the books listed will discuss what you're interested in.
     
  • Beyond Tripod: Phrase searching works in Google and most databases (e.g. JSTOR, ERIC and Proquest Education Journals)
     

Synonym Searching:

Save time by searching for multiple synonyms at once.  This is sometimes called "nested searching" or "set searching."

  • For example, (physician OR doctor) AND (woman OR female) will return results that match at least one term from each set of parentheses.  So in this case, you'd get results that contain either (or both) physician or doctor, and that also contain either (or both) woman or female.
  • Try set searching in Tripod by using Tripod Advanced search.
     
  • Beyond Tripod: Many catalogs or databases will have an "advanced search" option, which provides multiple search bars to facilitate nested searching. 
     

Truncation and Wildcards:

Most catalogs and databases enable users to search variations of keywords by using truncation (*) or wildcard (e.g., ?, $, !) symbols.  Consider using wildcard searching when there are multiple spellings of a word (e.g. globalization and the British spelling globalisation).

  • For example, one could search for politic* to find poltic, politics, political, politicking, and so on. (Google does this automatically.)
  • Wildcard searching works similarly: a search for wom?n will return results for women and woman.  (Note: this does not work in Google)



Putting it all together:
Try combining these search strategies to improve your search results.

Example: "civil war" AND (physician* OR doctor*) AND (wom?n OR female)