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Geographic Information Systems: Tutorials

Boolean Operator Tutorial

A whiteboard video about how to use Boolean Operators (don't know what those are?  Watch the video and find out!) to quickly pull out the search results you are looking for - and *only* the search results you are looking for!  

Phrase Searching Tutorial

A whiteboard video on the search technique known as "phrase searching" - very very useful to refine your search results quickly and to be certain that you get exactly what you are looking for!  

What Other Tutorials Do You Want or Need?

There is no point in me giving you things that you don't want or need!  You are too busy and your time is too valuable to waste time looking at things you don't need or to spend looking for something that you do need but can't find.  


Please help me out with this!  I've created a Survey Monkey survey to try and find out what types of tutorials you are looking for, where you get stuck when conducting library research, what kinds of things you want step-by-step instructions for versus what you just need in a series of quick screen shots, etc.


The more information you give me on this, the better resources I can create and provide for you!



- Susan


Possible Tutorial Topics:


How to see who has cited a specific paper

How to see all of the papers that an author cited in a particular article

How to track down a specific citation

How to request ILL stuff from us

Advanced searching like phrases, truncation, boolean - do a "draw your life" version:

  • select words that relate to major concepts of your information need
  • come up with synonyms
  • avoid common stop words
  • use truncation at the end or in the middle (wildcard) in order to get different variants
  • use quotes around phrases
  • use Boolean operators
  • field-specific searches (search on a topic w/in a specific journal, etc.)


Subject Guide

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Susan Brazer
Guerrieri Academic Commons

- Salisbury University--

Salisbury, MD