Advanced Database Searching

In this video, we demonstrate how to use the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT to broaden or narrow database searches.

Student Learning Outcome(s):

  • Students create and use effective search strategies in order to engage in exploratory, inquiry-based research processes. SLO 2: Effective Searching

Direct link: Using Boolean Operators on YouTube


  • Database: A searchable and organized collection of electronic information. Library databases typically contain published sources or information about published sources.
  • Boolean Operators: words (AND, OR, NOT) used to combine or exclude keywords in a search phrase. Boolean operators narrow or broaden a search.