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Combine keywords with Boolean
Operators(see box to the right)
for a more effective search
Suggested Subject Headings
- Collective memory
- Historic sites
- Public history
You may want to combine one of the subject headings above with one of these:
- Political aspects
- Psychological aspects
- Social aspects
Depending on what database you're in, you may be able to use a drop down box to search by subject. Use quotation marks to search a subject phrase.
Finding and Narrowing a Topic
Find ideas in the syllabus, your text, class discussion, or Google News.
Narrow down a broad topic by asking yourself
the 5 W's: who? what? where? when? why?
As you search the databases, looking at
subject headings and abstracts can help you
focus your topic.
Using Boolean Operators (AND, OR, and NOT) with your keywords will help you narrow or expand your results.
The highlighted middle section represents the use of AND. Searching for poverty AND addiction will give you results with both words present. Therefore, your results are fewer.
Using OR between similar keywords will give you results that include both words. Therefore, your results are greater. A search for teenagers OR adolescents will retrieve either or both terms.
The NOT operator gives you results from only one of your words. Therefore, your results are fewer. Searching for addiction NOT alcohol will eliminate alcohol from the results.
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