In order to retrieve the most relevant results, you will need to construct a search string. A search string is a combination of keywords, truncation symbols, and boolean operators you enter into the search box of an electronic library resource or an Internet search engine.
Library Search, the Stellenbosch-specific search function on the library home page for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and scholarly literature from all areas of research, indexed in most cases not by full text.
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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.