Searching Databases Quiz
Test your knowledge with these ten questions.
1. What does the Boolean operator AND do?
When combined with two or more search terms, the AND operator tells the database that the results must contain all of the terms.
When combined with two or more search terms, the AND operator can either narrow or broaden (increase or decrease) your search results.
When combined with two or more search terms, the AND operator increases the number of search results.
None of the above
2. "When combined with two or more search terms, this operator tells the database to retrieve results that have at least one of the search terms and will broaden your search." This definition describes which Boolean operator?
3. Choose the most effective search string for a search about lightning bugs, also called fireflies, in Arizona.
("lightning bugs OR fireflies") AND Arizona
("lightning bugs" OR fireflies) AND Arizona
lightning bugs AND fireflies AND Arizona
"lightning bugs" AND fireflies OR Arizona
4. Choose the best search string for a search about shark attacks and surfers, excluding results that discuss attacks from the Atlantic Ocean.
“Shark attacks” AND surfers NOT Atlantic
Shark attacks surfers NOT Atlantic
Shark attacks AND surfers NOT Atlantic
“Shark attacks” surfers not Atlantic
5. If you need to find articles that compare voter registration rates between Arizona and Nevada, what search string should you use?
“Voter registration” AND (Arizona OR Nevada)
“Voter registration” “Arizona Nevada”
Nevada and Arizona voter registration
“Voter registration” AND Arizona AND Nevada
6. Which of the following are the best synonyms for "lawyer" that would increase (broaden) your search results when used with the Boolean operator OR
judge or prosecutor
"legal advisor" or attorney
prosecutor or "assistant prosecutor"
none of the above
7. If I am conducting a search in the EBSCO database “Academic Search Premier,” which is the proper example of a truncated search for the term “elect”?
8. If you do not select a search field, what will most databases search by default?
Entire text of the article
Title and abstract
Title, abstract, and subject terms
Just the title
9. Select the term with the correct formatting for a phrase search:
"World War I"
^World War II^
10. Which best explains the following search string: ("National Guard" OR “Army National Guard”) AND (war OR battle) NOT "Civil War"
This is not a proper Boolean search
Database will pull up results that contain either the phrase "National Guard" or "Army National Guard" and must contain either the term "war" or "battle." The term "Civil War" will be excluded from all results.
Database will pull up results that contain either the phrase "National Guard" or "Army National Guard" but will exclude results that have the terms "war" "battle" and "Civil War"
Database results must include both the phrases "National Guard" and "Army National Guard" and also must include both the terms "war" and "battle." The term "Civil War" may or may not be excluded from all results.
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