It’s always fun to answer a question that perplexes someone else…with a 10 second Google search. I might take some pride in doing a Google search, but…not really. Being able to find stuff on the Web is pretty easy these days, isn’t it? Do we even need Boolean search terms anymore to find what we want?
Should I add a component to the online class that covers Boolean logic and searches?
That led me to thinking about all those lessons we learned back in library school that may no longer make a difference. . .So much has changed.
For most of the big search engines, AND is assumed. In my experience, OR makes a very large result list even larger. And, when NOT is really necessary, it is usually easier to disambiguate on an advanced search screen. For instance, Google’s Advanced Search screen clearly offers a box for unwanted words. No symbols necessary.
IMHO, Boolean is one of those things we need not explicitly teach.
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