Chapter three in the Badke book talked about the use of keywords which really caught my attention. The use of keywords when searching for information can help us recover more accurate and relevant information. There are a few ways to searching more accurately. If you are trying to talk about topics that are closely related to each other for example as Badke said “Psychoanalysis and Sigmund Freud”. Using the OR function you can search for articles that contain either of these, this only works with topics that are closely related though. Another way to research is by using the AND function, by using this function you can search for articles that contain two different subjects in it. For example if you search for “War and United states” by writing this you would find information about wars related to the united states. Badke also spoke about the NOT function, this is used to search for information excluding things you don’t want. Using asterisks in front of words like (Africa*) would search for Africa and African in one search instead of two. Databases are way too large specially when searching for information in the internet, keywords are definitely the best way to search for information you are really looking for, now a days it makes the difference between getting 5,000,000 articles to look through compared to just 1,000.
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