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Legal Internship Research Toolkit: Terms & Connectors (Boolean)


Once you have identified the relevant keywords, you can string them together to form an effective search string. These search strings can be input into databases or search engines to find relevant resources.

An effective way of stringing the keywords together is to use Boolean operators and connectors. These help you piece different keywords together, and broaden or narrow your search to find relevant results. 

Read on to find out more! 

Database Boolean information

Search functions for LawNet, Lexis Advance and Westlaw 


How do I use Boolean operators?

Examples of how to craft search strings using Boolean operators

Once you have thought of the relevant key words, you can craft search strings using boolean search terms and operators as follows:


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