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*Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies: General Research Guide

Recreation, Parks & Leisure Studies

Search Tips

ONESearch Searching Tips

  • Use "key" words rather than asking questions or full sentences.
  • Use quotes around a phrase (ex. "recreation therapy" vs. recreation therapy).
  • Use AND, OR, NOT to widen or narrow your search. (See the visual example below).
  • Use * at the end or middle of a term to find variations of the word. Example: recreat* will search for: recreate, recreation, and recreational.
  • Too many results? Try advanced search/filtering options to only search for the newest sources, or peer-reviewed journal articles. 
  • Too few results? Try changing your keywords or removing any search filters.

Boolean Example

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Source: Tomeo, M, (2013 November, 5) Research Tips: How I Search for Information