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FYGE 102U-Building a Sustainable Planet

Searching Tips

When searching databases or the Online Catalog, consider the following when entering your keyword search terms:

1. Pick your topic.    carbon footprint
                                carbon footprint of industries
                                carbon footprint of industries or residences

2..Are there multiple terms that could be used for your topic?   

carbon footprint or carbon cost
industries or businesses         
residences or households

2. Are there ways to "truncate" a term to pick up alternative spellings or singular/plural?

industr*    for industry, industries, industrial
household*    for household, households
residen*       for residence, residences, residential
Note: The most common truncation symbol used in databases is an asterisk *. The Online Catalog uses a question mark ?.


3. Use combinations of terms and truncated words when searching the databases.

           carbon footprint
           carbon footprint and industries
           carbon footprint and industr*
           carbon footprint and residences
           carbon footprint and residen*
           carbon footprint and (industr* or residen*)
           carbon footprint and (industr* or residen* or household*)
           carbon and (footprint or cost)
           carbon and (footprint or cost) and industr*

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