Thursday, January 16, 2014

Boolean Searches Explained

The word "Boolean" is unfamiliar to most of my students. It sounds harder to understand than it really is. When you use Google's advanced search, it is really doing a Boolean search for you, yet most people will not venture to do a Boolean search on their own. I'm here to assure you that it's very easy to understand.

The image at the left shows the three Boolean operators used in an advanced search.

This illustrates a search of A NOT B.

This illustrates a search of A AND B.

This illustrates a search of A OR B.
Pretty easy, right? If you or your students would rather do a Google advanced search, click HERE.

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