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AFRS 324: Contemporary Black Woman

Advanced Searching

Your searchable topics are informed by your assignment prompt. Consider the following example using the Advanced search function in OneSearch:

Figure 1:

Screen capture of and advanced search using the terms "African American women" and "feminism"

Figure 1 illustrates multiple techniques to increase the relevance of your search results by using:

  • subject searching to ensure your results are reasonably ABOUT your search terms.
  • the "is (exact)" function from the drop menu to ensure that multiple words are searched as a single term.
  • the boolean operator "AND" to pull results that contain BOTH subject terms from your search.

Figure 2:

Screen Capture of a catalog record highlighting the assigned subject that include the catalog search terms "African American women" and "feminism".

Figure 2 illustrates a catalog record produced by the subject search using the search terms "African American women" and "feminism".  Note how these terms appear in the 'subject' heading assigned to a resource, assuring that the resource is sufficiently about the search terms used in the search. 

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