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Spark 1 (Moyes)

Spark Seminar: Archaeology in Popular Culture

Smart Searching - Tips & Tricks from UH West Oahu


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

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