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Six Tricks to Master Library

1. Use an asterisk to specify variable word forms (outside quotation marks)

Use an asterisk (outside quotation maks) to specify variable word forms, e. g. ethic* could help you to find ethics, ethical or ethically 

2. Use the minus sign to eliminate results containing certain words

Use the minus sign to get rid of results containing certain expressions such as e.g. mission -space

3. Use quotes to search for an exact phrase

Searching a phrase in quotes will retrieve only results with the same words in the same order as what's in the quotes, e. g. "management of ethics in higher education"

4. Stop words: some words don't play any role, simply ignore them

"a", "an", "and", "are", "as", "at", "be", "but", "by", "for", "if", "in", "into", "is", "it", "no", "not", "of", "on", "or", "such", "that", "the", "their", "then", "there", "these", "they", "this", "to", "was", "will", "with" are stop words, they are filtered out when you do your research. Don't put any weight on these words when you search either a combination of words or a specific sentence in quote: the search engine has been programmed to ignore them; e.g. searching for "morality and utility in Kant" will yield not only results associated to Kant but to morality, utility OR Kant.

5. Use AND for the logical intersection of multiple terms

"distance learning" AND Africa

6. Use OR for the logical inclusion of multiple terms (OR is the default connector in the system)

"blended learning" OR "distance learning" means to include both search terms: