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BIOL 415/416/420/499 (Nyland): Keywords & Searching

Keyword Generation

Understanding what you should type in the search box of any search engine/database is always harder than it sounds.  It seems like it should be simple - like pulling on your socks in the morning - but in truth taking an abstract-length concept and distilling it down to just 3 or 4 keywords is actually very difficult!


The short videos below were created to give you some tips and tricks and pointers about how to refine your keyword searching such that you get exactly the sort of results you are looking for without having to wade through lots of irrelevant search results that have no relevance to you.

Search Techniques

    • Phrase Searching:



    • Boolean Operators: