Create a Search Statement
Now that you are acquainted with Boolean operators, you are ready to create a search statement that uses the library databases to the fullest.
Let’s create a search statement for the research question:
“Does exposure to media influence the amount of bullying among children?”
Following the steps on the page Identify Keywords, this research topic can be broken down into 3 concepts with synonyms and related terms:
- media: television, films, video games, music
- bullying: intimidation, aggression, aggressive behaviour
- children: youth, child
To create an effective search statement, you can make use of Boolean operators as well as the following techniques.