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AFRS 368: Politics of Hip-Hop

Advanced Searching

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

Figure 1:

Advanced search in OneSearch combining subjects  "Hip Hop" and "Activism".

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" (default setting) to pull results that contain both sets of terms

Figure 2:

List of topics assigned to the journal article "Global Hip-hop identities" highlighting the topics that include the search terms "Hip-hop" and "activisim"

Figure 2 illustrates a catalog record produced by the subject search using the search terms "Hip Hop" and "activism". Note how these terms appear in the subjects assigned to the resource, assuring that the resource is sufficiently about the search terms used in the search.