Answered By: Kealin McCabe
Last Updated: Jun 04, 2020     Views: 47

When searching the databases for articles relating to First Nations Studies you need to use the BOOLEAN OPERATOR OR to make sure that you retrieve all of the relevant results. In this example, I am performing my search in the databases Academic Search Complete


Searching the term "First Nations" only will retrieve a percentage of the research available. In the example below you will see that we retrieve just over 64,000 results. 

Watch what happens when we search using synonyms and the Boolean operator OR

By searching all of those terms using the BOOLEAN OPERATOR OR  you will retrieve almost 179,000 articles!

The next step will be to narrow those results by adding in your additional concept or topic, using the Boolean operator AND. In this example, I am adding in the concept of language revitalization. This means that all of the result retrieved will relate to First Nations, Aboriginal, Indigenous populations AND language revitalization in a Canadian context.


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