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Ge/ESE 170: Microbial Ecology: Search Strategies

A short guide to resources for students taking Ge/ESE 170 at Caltech.

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Search Strategy Builder

Build A Search Strategy

 Your topic in a sentence: ________________________________________

  1. Break this topic into one or more discrete concepts
  2. List alternative terms, synonyms, or examples as other ways of representing the concept
  3. Use truncation symbols to account for variant spellings, plurals, etc.
  4. Use single words or "short phrases" in quotes
  5. Combine the concepts using Boolean operators into a Search Statement
  6. Execute the search statement in the database(s) of your choice.