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Sustainability Management: Find Articles

Search Strategies

Narrow your search (to retrieve fewer references) 

  • Use Boolean operators AND /Not. For example, glaciers AND climate change; invasive species Not purple loosestrife
  • Keep terms together by using quotation marks (e.g. “natural areas”)
  • Start with “anywhere” searching and move to “Keyword” if appropriate
  • Use limits – language; years of publications; publication type

Broaden your search (to retrieve more references)  

  • Use Boolean term OR e.g. rivers OR streams
  • Use wildcard symbols: (the symbol might vary with the database)
  • Truncation. For example, forest* will retrieve forest, forestall, forests, forestation, forestry
  • Multi-character wildcard for finding alternate spellings. For example, behav*r will retrieve behavior or behaviour.
  • Single-character wildcard for retrieving alternate spelling. A “?” retrieves a single character, while two “??” retrieves 2 characters. For example, wom?n retrieves woman as well as women

Refining Your Search (to find more RELEVANT results) 

  • Use NOT to exclude unwanted terms
  • Search specific fields (title, abstract, subject/descriptor, etc.)
  • Use AND instead of OR
  • Use the subjects listed in articles of particular interest, when available, to find other similar articles
  • Use other terms and phrases that keep occurring in the articles that you are reading

Databases of Interest


News Sources Guide provides links to news sources available at uWaterloo Library.

Google Scholar Search

Google Scholar Search