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Research Process: Boolean Operators

an introduction to the research process at a very basic level

Boolean Operators

AND, OR, NOT combine keywords to broaden or narrow your search results.

Below please find some examples:

alt="Image of an example Venn Diagram illustrating the Boolean operator AND"

AND narrows your search results. when using AND, you will retrieve search results containing both keywords globalization and human rights.

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OR broaden your search results. When using OR, you will retrieve search results containing either the keywords globalization or human rights.

alt="image illustrating the boolean operator not"

NOT narrows your search results. When using NOT, you will retrieve search results containing the keyword globalization only.