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Search techniques

Unsure how to find information? Confused about where to look for material for your assignments? Don't know where to start?

This guide from Southampton University will help with the following:

  • Learning how to form a search strategy
  • Learning how to get more or less results
  • Learning about wildcards

The Southampton guide mentions Boolean operators which are embedded into the Advanced search on HOLLY to make things a bit simpler. Have a look at this demonstration of a HOLLY advanced search.

You can find more demonstrations on the Library Services page on the Learning Hub,

Want to learn more about using keywords? Check out these two YouTube videos:

Can't think of alternative keywords? Try using Visuwords, an online graphical thesaurus and dictionary. 

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