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Anthropology 308: Gender and Culture

Search Strategies

Check out this video to learn how to manipulate your search to get the resources you need.

Brainstorming Keywords

Before you begin your search, compile a list of potential keywords related to your topic. For example, on the topic of women's economic rights in ancient Athens, keywords might include:

  • women
  • females
  • gender
  • economics
  • land ownership
  • property
  • economic rights
  • Athens
  • ancient Greece

Using Boolean Operators

Keywords can be combined with other keywords using the AND operator to narrow your topic. For example:

  • women AND media
  • women AND farming
  • women AND marriage

Keywords can be combined with synonyms using OR to broaden your search. For example:

  • women OR females

Using Quotes

Quotation marks can be used to search phrases. For example:

  • "global studies"
  • "international relations"
  • "ancient Rome"

Putting these terms in quotes means that the words will be searched as a phrase rather than each word separately.

Combining Search Strategies

Terms in quotes can be combined with Boolean operators. For example:

  • citizenship AND "human rights"