Competency 3

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Formulate and efficiently execute search queries appropriate for the information resource.

3.1 Understand that different information sources and formats require different searching techniques, including browsing.
3.2 Select the search strategies appropriate to the topic and resource.
3.3 Understand that various resources may use different controlled vocabularies to refer to the same topic.
3.4 Use search language appropriate to the source, such as a controlled vocabulary, key words, natural language, author and title searches to locate relevant items in print and electronic resources.
3.5 Use online search techniques and tools (e.g., Boolean operators and symbols, limiters, and truncation) to locate relevant citations and to further refine the search.

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