The research organization worksheet to the right brings together all the aspects of the research process we've learned thus far:
This is a visual way to organize your research. The information on the chart can then be transferred easily to a database.
Use the blank worksheet at the top of this box to create your own search statement
The worksheet above can be transcribed into a search string (What I like to call "word algebra")
Here's how it would look written out:
("Video Games" OR "Grand Theft Auto" OR "Mortal Combat") AND (Violen* OR Aggressi*) AND (Child* OR Teen* OR Adolescen*)
Here's how it would look in a database:
Notice that this particular database automatically inserts the Boolean operator AND. Use a different search box for each concept, listing a few of your best synonyms separated by the Boolean operator OR. Notice, too, that the Boolean operators are in all caps.