An Online Tutorial Taking You Through the Steps of the Library Research Process Translating English into Computerese

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One common mistake students often make when searching an online database is they forget to translate their research question into a form the database will understand. 
The way you enter your search into a database will have a strong correlation with the results it returns. 

First of all, you do not want to use whole sentences or questions. Always identify key terms. 

Second, you want to connect your key terms together using a Boolean AND

Here is an example of a research question translated into computerese:


How many accidents were caused by people using their cell phones while driving?


cell phones and statistics and accidents


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