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Anthropology 696A: Anthropological Research Design

Search Strategy

Watch the video below to help you refine your search in retrieving information.

Using the Asterisk

The asterisk symbol * serves as a wildcard and can be used to retrieve variant endings of a word. Words will be retrieved if they begin with the word preceding the * operator.

  • spirit* will retrieve: spirit, spiritual, spirituality, spirited, spirits

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.

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