Boolean Operators are used to connect and establish a relationship between search terms. When research they can help either narrow or broadened search results based on the operators used.
Below are Boolean Operators with examples of how they can help.
ADD- Use AND to combine two or more search terms resulting in narrowing results for a specific topic area.
For example: "Lesbians" AND "Stonewall Riots."
These search terms will narrow to lesbians and the relation to the Stonewall Riots.
OR - Use OR to broaden your search by connecting two or more synonyms.
For example: "Transgender" OR "Transsexual"
These are two terms that are similar in definition and used within the community based on preference, or whom is conducting the research. This is something to often consider in the LGBTQ community.
NOT- Use NOT to exclude term(s) from your search and narrow your results on a specific topic.
For example: "Bisexual" NOT "Pansexual."
This is another way to narrow by making sure the research is focusing on a specific topic area.