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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.


"popular culture"

“rock art”

"upper Paleolithic"


Boolean Logic



Join together search terms in a logical manner.

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


"popular culture" AND mummies

“paleolithic art” OR “cave paintings”

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.