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Anthropology 179 (Torres)

ANTH 179 - Bioarchaeology

Phrase Searching

 

" "

To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.

Examples:

“infectious disease”

“dental caries”

“Aztec Empire”

“world heritage site”

Search Sample

(war OR conflict OR violence) AND (bone* OR skeletal OR skeleton)

Boolean Operators (AND/OR)

 

AND, OR

Join together search terms in a logical manner.

AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms

Examples:

#1
"dental caries" AND diet

#2
“dental caries” OR “tooth decay”

#3
diet
AND
“dental caries” OR “tooth decay”
AND
"New Guinea"

 

Truncation

 

TRUNCATION

Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many database use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.

Example:

Truncate the word education symbol* to search for symbol, symbols, symbolism, symbolic  etc.

Add the truncation symbol to the word cultur* to search for culture, cultures, cultural  etc.