BIO150Y Optimal Information Foraging  

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Term paper topic:

The community structure of the Great Lakes has been impacted by alien invaders. Define the problem. Give examples.


The Steps

1. Think of the different ways of saying your ideas
alien invasion or alien invasions or alien invaders or alien species
biological invasion or biological invasions or biological invaders

2. Use truncation or wildcard symbols to control for different word endings. In the Library Catalogue, the truncation symbols are:
$ for any number of letters (0-100) in or at the end of a word
? one letter in or at the end of a word

inva$ will find: invaders, invaders, invasion, invasions, invasive, etc.

3. Use OR to combine different words for the same concept.
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4. Combine different ideas using AND.
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5. Use brackets ( ) to group search terms together. Use around terms that are combined with or.
(alien OR biological) AND (inva$ OR species)


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