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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.: 2 votes (100%)
Restricts results to those that include either term, not necessarily both terms.: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2
Does using OR between search terms broaden or narrow results?
Broadens results: 1 votes (50%)
Narrows results: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2
Use quotation marks around phrases to limit results to the specific phrase.
True: 2 votes (100%)
False: 0 votes (0%)
Total Votes: 2
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: 1 votes (50%)
(moral* OR ethic*) AND (lying OR deception) AND illness: 0 votes (0%)
ethic* AND (lying OR deception) AND illness: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2

Operators

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)

Quotes

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

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

Asterisk

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.