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Computer Science Subject Guide — Databases

A guide to the role of computer science in society

How Do I Find the Best Results in Research Databases?

You will find the best results when searching research databases by using the Boolean operators :  AND, OR, and NOT to either broaden or narrow your search results. George Boole wants you to use Boolean operators to get the best search results in academic research databases!

                                                                            Illustration of George Boole surrounded by the numbers 0 and 1

                             Above: comic illustration of George Boole (1815-1864), whom Boolean operators are named for.  Image from


Computer Science Databases

Boolean Logic

Do you want to know more about Boolean logic?  Then watch this short film below from RTE (Raidió Teilifís Éireann).  George Boole taught at University College Cork, Ireland when he made his discoveries of algebraic logic.