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Search Tips for Business and Management

Choose keywords that represent the main concept(s) of your research topic. Then, as needed:

  • Use AND
    This will narrow your search, since search results will include only documents that contain all of the words linked by AND.
  • Use OR
    This will broaden your search, since search results will include documents that contain any of the words linked by OR. Terms linked by OR should be put between parentheses.  
  • Use quotation marks
    This will find documents that contain the exact phrase placed between the quotation marks.
  • Use * (an asterisk)
    This will find various endings of the word fragment before the *. For example, searching for manage* will find documents containing managermanagersmanagement, etc. Note that you can use an asterisk in a phrase enclosed in quotation marks.
Sample search:  manage* AND communicat* AND ("virtual team*" OR "distributed team*")

Found too many results?

  • Add more keywords, using AND
    If you find that you are retrieving too many results, add more keywords to reflect additional concepts related to your topic.
Sample search:  manage* AND communicat* AND ("virtual team*" OR "distributed team*") AND trust

Found too few results?

  • Add more keywords, using OR
    If you are having trouble finding enough results, add synonyms or related terms for terms already used in your search statement. 
Sample search:  manage* AND communicat* AND ("virtual team*" OR "distributed team*" OR "remote team*" OR "dispersed team*")


For more information, see the Keywords and Searching sections of our Research Tutorial and/or our Database Searching Basics.

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