Primary Source Material: "Either created at the time of an event or period, or was later created by an actual participant or witness from that time." Samantha Sanders,
Remember to search for the scientific name of plants and animals!
These search strategies work well in the library catalog and most databases.
Boolean connectors- use AND, OR, NOT (sometimes AND NOT) to connect two or more search terms:
Phrases in Quotes - most databases and web search engines allow you to search for exact phrases by placing them in quotes:
Truncation - the library catalog and most databases use special characters to make searching easier in certain situations. Check the help screens in the catalog or database you are using to see what the special characters are for that resource.
Nesting - use parentheses to sort out the elements of a more complex Boolean search phrase, especially when you may want to search for more than one related term for one element of your phrase:
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