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WR100 Help Guide: Seeker Tips

Use this guide to help you with your Effective Writing assignments from off-campus.

Tip: How "AND" Works in Seeker

Using AND between search terms in Seeker (and other databases) will narrow your search results. Each new term is an additional requirement that your results need to fulfill.

1.  Universities: 77,473,393 resultsSeeker search


2. Universities AND Maryland: 778,147 results Seeker search combining two terms with AND


3. Universities AND Maryland AND Loyola: 7,511 resultsSeeker search combining three terms with AND

Tip: How "OR" Works in Seeker (Advanced)

Using OR between search terms in Seeker (and other databases) will broaden your search results. This can be an efficient way to incorporate synonyms into your search without starting all over, but you need to be careful about HOW you input "OR" into a database. 

Do not select "OR" in the drop-down menu between the search fields. Your results will explode and become less relevant. Just trust us.

Instead, put "OR" in the same search box with synonyms so that the database knows results could contain one or the other term, but not necessarily both.

In the search below, I'm trying to get items that pertain to illiteracy and then either the terms health or nutrition. In other words, I want my results to be a combination of ("illiteracy and health") and ("illiteracy and nutrition") - but not necessarily a combination of all three terms terms (illiteracy, health, and nutrition).

1. Illiteracy: 39,579 results Seeker search with one term


2. Illiteracy AND health: 8,299 results (using AND narrows it down) Seeker search combining two terms with AND


3. Illiteracy AND health OR nutrition: 3,132,952 results (= crazy) Seeker search combing two terms with AND, thencombining one term with OR


4. Illiteracy AND (health OR nutrition): 8,461 results (= good) Seeker search combing one term with AND to two words connected by OR in parentheses