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AFRS 325: The Black Male

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 an advanced search using the subject term "Black men" with the the "is (exact) function highlighted, and the subject term "masculinity".

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
  • teh "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 sets of terms

Figure 2:

Screen cap of an article search in OneSearch highlighting the subject terms in the catalog record that were picked up from an advanced search of those subjects.

Figure 2 illustrates a catalog record produced by the subject search using the search terms "Black men" and "masculinity". 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.