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GASP 156D / HIST 173 (DePrano): Search Techniques

Ancient Roman Art & Architecture

Phrase Searching

 

" "

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

Examples:

“ancient Rome”

"mummy portraits"

"roman funeral mask"

"gold leaf"

"Roman republic"

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
mosaic AND iconography

#2
sculpture OR figurine

#3
portraits

AND

"panel painting"

AND

rome OR roman

 

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 architect* and you will search for architect, architects, architecture, etc.

Add the truncation symbol to the word paint* to search for paint, painter, painters, painting etc.