Theater Arts: Get Better Results
Last Updated: Feb 19, 2024 11:15 AM

Construct a successful search

  1. Do not write an entire sentence into a database's search box.  Explain your topic to someone in three words or less.  Multi-word terms that are a single idea (e.g. a play title) count as one word, just put them in quotation marks (e.g. "Death of a Salesman").  These are your search terms.
  2. Search terms that represent different aspects of your topic (e.g. "Death of a Salesman" and Miller) should be entered into different search boxes when available.  Otherwise, these terms can be combined using the word AND (e.g. "Death of a Salesman" AND Miller).
  3. Search terms that are synonyms or related terms (e.g. "Death of a Salesman" or "All My Sons") should be entered into the same search box and combined using the word OR (e.g. "Death of a Salesman" OR "All My Sons").  If multiple search boxes are not available, group related terms in parentheses and combine with the word OR.

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