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Search Strategies

Search Tips and Strategies

1. Generate a set of terms related to your topic.  These will be the keywords with which you begin searching.

Key Concept/Person/Event Synonym (Related Term) Synonym (Related Term)
children juveniles youth
education elementary school charter school
geography neighborhood

urban OR

suburban OR



feminine/femininity OR


sex role


Search Strategies for Online Content in Primo

Searching in Primo, limit "Show only" to "Available online" in the left-hand column for refining results


After limiting to "Available online," your results should all be electronically available. You will be prompted to login with your myRedlands credentials. 


Putting Search Terms Together

Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT and Other Symbols for More Effective Searching

gender AND (child* OR youth)=Using the AND operator narrows your search to only results that mention both keywords.  Use the OR operator to search for variants or synonyms of the same keyword.  The asterisk (*) is a wildcard symbol that is used to catch variant endings of a word (individuality, individualism, as well as individual).

“public housing” AND childhood=Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase.