Boolean Operators

Boolean searching is the means of organizing keywords into concept sets.  Electronic resources are constructed to allow the use of Boolean operators to retrieve information.  This includes Google, library book catalogs, and electronic databases.  The images below illustrate how Boolean operators relate.   For most research assignments at Valencia College, the AND operator is usually sufficient to find relevant articles in a database. However more advanced research topics may require the use of some or all Boolean operators in a search. This flash video gives a quick and easy demonstration of how easy Boolean logic can be.

 


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