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BA 308 Public Administration: Search Tips

Covers organization, administration in government; impact of political processes, public pressures; governmental personnel, budgetary procedures; qualifications of public administrator.

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  • Use limiters (i.e. search by date, area, full-text, peer reviewed)
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Using Boolean Operators

Search Tips

Use Boolean searching, truncation, wildcards, and proximity limiters to enhance your search.

Boolean
AND flowers and sunshine Returns articles that contain BOTH words.
OR flowers or sunshine Returns articles that contain EITHER word.
( ) (flowers or sunshine) and Arizona Grouped searching. Returns articles that contain EITHER word in parenthesis AND the word Arizona
Truncation
* wom* Returns articles that contain the root ""wom" such as woman, women, women's, etc.
Wildcard
? wom?n Variants of the one letter versus an entire ending as with the asterisk. Wom?n would return articles with "women" or "woman" or "womyn".
Proximity - Words in same order
wX market x2 share Returns articles where the words market and share are no more than 2 words apart and in that order.
Proximity - Words in any order
nX market n2 share Returns articles where the words market and share are no more than 2 words apart in any order. (market share or share of the market)

 

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