The guide is aimed at giving practical advice when you are searching for scientific information. It is mainly designed and intended for students at the Biology department, Lund University, thus search examples and search tools used are tailored for biologists.
To be able to build a proper search query you need to combine the search word correctly. To do this you should use the Boolean operators:
- All search terms should be included in the hits
- Limits the search result, i.e. reduces the number of search hits
- Space between words equals AND
- Use for synonyms or other alternative words
- Broadens the search, i.e. results in more hits
- Restricts the search result, i.e. less hits
- You may, by mistake, take away hits of potential interest
Use CAPITALS when you write the Boolean operators. Some databases accept lower case letters, but not all. In Google you have to use capitals.
most often an * (a so called ”wild card”)
instead of migrating OR migration OR migrated… write migrat*
Example: ”phenotypic plasticity”
The quotation signs indicates two things:
Use scientific names for specific species
Lastly but definitely not the least...
Use the available HELP, read the Help section or contact your library.