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Search Tips: How can I find better sources
Try these search strategies in the Gale Power Search:
Strong search terms (no wimpy words)
- Subject searching (3 min.)
- AND/OR/NOT (Boolean operators) (3.5 min.)
- Use Wildcards (3 min.)
- Use Quotation marks (2 min.)
- Use Gale’s “Topic Finder” (2 min.)
- Prefer written instructions? Read Gale’s exhaustive tips.
Try other databases
- Watch this video for the SIRS database to news sources.
- Don’t forget MackinVIA–we have many ebooks useful for research.
- Search scholar.google.com for more academic studies.
Search hints for the web
- Make sure you evaluate ALL websites when you’re searching through a search engine like Google or Instagrok. Consider Easybib’s helpful pointers:
Try a Google New search–and use the limiters on the left margin to help you narrow your date range.
Narrow or broaden your search with “leap-frog” searching (4 min.)