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Anthropology 131 (Moyes): Search Strategies

Phrase Searching

 

" "

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

Examples:

"popular culture"

“rock art”

"upper Paleolithic"

 

Boolean Logic

 

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
"popular culture" AND mummies

#2
“paleolithic art” OR “cave paintings”

#3
archaeology
AND
film OR movies

 

Check Your Understanding

Let's say you are writing a paper about cave paintings in Spain.

Which search is the most appropriate?

"cave paintings" OR Spain: 0 votes (0%)
"cave paintings" AND Spain: 14 votes (100%)
Total Votes: 14

Let's say you are writing a paper about dinosaurs in movies.

Which search is the most appropriate?

dinosaurs AND (films OR movies): 7 votes (70%)
dinosaurs AND films OR movies: 3 votes (30%)
Total Votes: 10

Search Terms for Ötzi: Brainstorming Activity

In your class, you are learning about Ötzi, and you need to find a research study that has been conducted on his remains.

Besides searching for the term Ötzi, what are other terms you can search for? Let's brainstorm as a class. Think of words from any readings you have done so far, or take a peek at the Wikipedia article about Ötzi or in Credo Reference for some context.