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GASP 156E (DePrano): Search Strategies

Italian Renaissance Art 156

Phrase Searching

 

" "

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

Examples:

“Italian Renaissance”

"pictorial hangings"

"15th century"

"Mannerist period"

"Renaissance architecture"

"Battle of San Romano"

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

Sample Searches Using AND/OR:

Search #1
mosaic AND iconography

 

Search #2
sculpture OR figurine

 

Search #3
pastiglia

AND

Renaissance

AND

Italy OR Italian

 

Search #4

war OR violence OR battle

AND

iconography

AND

"italian renaissance"

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.

Examples:

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.

religio* to search for religion, religious etc.