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Library Guide Geography, Planning & Environment: Block Search Builder

Find information about (scholarly) information resources in the fields of Geography, Planning & Environment

Block search builder


The Block Search Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. You should be able to cut and paste the resulting string into most databases’ search boxes.

Name your core concepts (1,2 and 3) in the upper row, and your alternate terms for each concept in the rows below.

Clicking the 'create-button' will combine all terms into a proper search query/string.

Concept 1   Concept 2   Concept 3
AND AND
Alternate search terms Alternate search terms Alternate search terms

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

OR

Now copy and paste the above search string into a database search box.

The 'Search Strategy Builder' was developed by the University of Arizona Libraries(CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).