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Getting Started with Research: Searching


MCC Librarians can help you with your research!


Google Scholar

Google Scholar is Google's scholarly search engine. It searches in many publisher's journals, academic websites and institutional repositories and is strongest in science, technology and medicine.

Note: Full text articles are not always free in Google Scholar. Under Google Scholar Settings, choose Library Links, search for the name of our college, then check the box. Now you'll see articles from MCC Library databases as Full text @ MCCNH in your results.


Using Boolean Operators

Boolean Operators sound like highly technical tools, however, they are simply the words ANDOR, and NOT. You use these terms to connect keywords and thus, to search more effectively and efficiently.

  • Use AND to connect two unlike words and narrow your search. (useful if you get too many results)
  • Use OR to connect to like words and broaden your search. (useful if you don't get enough results)
  • Use NOT to exclude a word from your search results.

Keywords Are Key!

When you search in academic databases, keywords will give you the best results. Use one to three keywords to express the main concepts in your research question. Combine keywords with Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) as explained below and in the videos.

Research 101: Searching Is Strategic (3:14)

Combining Keywords with Boolean Operators (4:50)

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