Search strategy builder
Use the "Search strategy builder" to help you create a search string, using Boolean logic. You can cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes. If you cannot find items on your topic, contact your supervisor or faculty librarian.
Boolean searching is the traditional way to search for information in most online databases and on the Internet.
Boolean operators, or connector words, such as AND, OR, and NOT, are used to create phrases and concepts based on specific rules of search logic. Use the Boolean machine to help with your search string.
Truncation or wildcard symbols can broaden your search and allow you to look for variations of words. For example, searching on sport* would bring up variations such as sport, sports, sporting, sporty, etc.
Note: The truncation symbol varies depending on the electronic resource you are searching. For more information, consult the Help page of the database or Remedies for when you find too little or too much information in the box below.
Remedies for when you find too little or too much information
The Library and Information Service offers a wide range of group training sessions with the main focus on enhancing the information literacy skills of all students at Stellenbosch University. Book a specific training session or consult the undergraduate or postgraduate training programme to see a list of all training sessions available for specific target groups.