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Anthropology: Reviewing Search Strategies

Search Strategies Review Activity

What does using AND between search terms do?
Restricts results to those that include both terms.: 3 votes (100%)
Restricts results to those that include either term, not necessarily both terms.: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3
Does using OR between search terms broaden or narrow results?
Broadens results: 2 votes (66.67%)
Narrows results: 1 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 3
Use quotation marks around phrases to limit results to the specific phrase.
True: 3 votes (100%)
False: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 3
You're interested in researching the ethics of not telling a loved one that they have a terminal illness. Which of the searches below should give you the most results?
ethic* AND lying AND illness: 2 votes (66.67%)
(moral* OR ethic*) AND (lying OR deception) AND illness: 0 votes (0%)
ethic* AND (lying OR deception) AND illness: 1 votes (33.33%)
Total Votes: 3


Connect keywords with operators.

AND joins dissimilar terms. It helps narrow your search. lying AND morality
OR joins similar terms. It helps broaden your search.

deception OR lying

Use AND & OR together, as well.

(deception OR lying) AND morality

Online Research: Tips for Effective Search Strategies

Sarah Clark (3:04)


Find phrases (two words or more) using quotation marks.

  • "white lie"
  • "pathological liar"
  • "moral code"


Find variations of words using truncation. In many databases, the truncation symbol is an asterisk *.

  • child* = child, children, childhood, etc.

You do have to be careful, as you might get unexpected results.

  • minor* = minor, minors, minority, minorities, minoritization, etc.