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Tips for Database Searching (including the catalogue)

Boolean Operators
AND only finds results that include ALL your search terms.  NARROW.
OR finds results with ANY of your search terms.  BROAD.
For example: 
  • industrial design AND health aspects
  • airfoil AND design AND health aspects
  • human factors OR  human engineering


Truncation is used to search for alternate word endings in a database. Usually its done by placing an asterisk (*) where you consider the end of the word's root to be. But be careful! If you put the asterisk too soon in the word, you'll get too many irrelevant words in your search results. For example:


  • automotive
  • automobile
  • automobiles
  • automatic
  • automatically
  • auto
  • autopilot
  • autobiography
  • autopsy


  • automotive
  • automobile
  • automobiles

Phrase Searching

Adding quotation marks will help you find phrases in a database.

Searching for "human factors" will find results where 'human' and 'factors' appear right beside each other.

Searching for just human factors will find any result where both of those words appear but not necessarily side by side.

Pro Tip: Use all 3 methods together!

Try this:

automo* engineering AND "human factors"