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ANTH 040: TAP Parenting and Childhood - Blom (Fall 2021)

Computer Searching Tips and Techniques


No matter what database you use to locate materials for your research, there are certain strategies that you can use in designing your searches, which will help you conduct effective searches on your research topic.

AND - combines terms; narrows and focuses search   ex.: parents and children

OR - used between synonyms or related terms, broadens search by supplying more options  ex.: children or kids

NOT - excludes terms from search, narrows and focuses search   ex.: girls not boys

TRUNCATION - symbol used at end of word or word part to retrieve variant word endings; adds flexibility and depth to your search  ex: anthropolog* retrieves: anthropology, anthropologist, anthropological, etc.