About this Guide
This guide explains Boolean searching and how you can make it work for you by making your searches more powerful and effective.
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- Last Updated May 13, 2015
Results too narrow? Too broad? Use this guide to learn how to focus your research and to make your searching more powerful.
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What is Boolean Searching?
George Boole's system which he developed in 1854 was met with criticism by the academic community or ignored. After being modified and expanded upon, the Boolean System became the system used to develop the modern electrical logic circuit, the basis for the computer. Boolean Searching is the system used to search computer files such as UNISTAR and databases available in Rod Library.
Below are links to sites that are useful in understanding the Boolean Operators and Boolean Searching.
University of Northern Iowa
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