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The Info Doctor is In

Symptoms: 
Search on the keyword "environment" retrieves more than 10,000 items in the library catalog.

Searcher experiences vertigo, anxiety, sweating when contemplating looking through all those records.


Diagnosis:
INFORMATION OVERLOAD 
Search strategy is TOO BROAD.

Prescription:
Narrow search by adding:
  • a specific aspect of the topic such as legal, ethical 
  • a time period such as 1980s, last 30 years 
  • a geographic area such as Michigan, Netherlands 
  • a population such as wildlife, manufacturers
TIP:


Use the Boolean operator AND between concepts to narrow your search.

Example: Michigan
AND environment
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