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Research resources, tips, and support from SCC librarians

Search techniques

To efficiently search library databases, use filters within the database and try search terms you think might be in the article's title, description, or full-text.

Techniques you can use to create database searches:


Use keywords in your searching. Select words or phrases which you predict will appear in an article title or description or full-text.


 Enclose a phrase (a string of 2 or more words) in quotation marks. Example: "global warming"


Truncate (cut off) search terms using an asterisk. The asterisk works as a wildcard. The search term:  recyc*  will retrieve articles which contain any word starting with r-e-c-y-c, like recycle, recycled, recycling, etc.


Combine multiple search concepts using the Boolean terms: AND, OR, NOT

Example searches

hydraulic AND sustainability

pneumatics AND efficiency

"lubricating oils"

"sealing compounds"

hydraulics AND robotics

"fluid power"

"florescent leak detection"

Rexroth AND "hydraulic cylinders"

"fluid dynamics" AND vacuums

"amusement park*" AND (hydraulic OR pneumatic)

"roller coasters" AND (hydraulic OR pneumatic)

"industrial equipment" AND recycling

"energy consumption" AND "hydraulic machinery"


If you're searching for articles about sustainability or related topics, here are some search terms to try.

sustainability                    green design

recycling                          rooftop gardens

green                               buying local

greening                          alternative fuels

green buildings              waste disposal 

e-waste                           electronic waste 

ecology                           solar power

renewable resources

renewable energy

energy conservation

energy consumption

corporate social responsibility

biodegradable materials

environmental impact

environmental protection

Example articles for APLED 121 trade journals assignment

Don't easily find an interesting article on sustainability in library databases?

Feel free to select from this curated list.






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