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HS5314 - Contemporary Europe: Search Strategies

Key resources for researching topics relating to contemporary European history. Designed for HS5314 taught by Dr. Aaron Moreno in Spring 2015.

Search Strategies

AND

Finds all the search words

"stocks and bonds" finds results that include both words

OR

Finds at least one search word

"stocks or bonds" finds results that have at least one of these words

NOT

Finds results that include a word but do not include another word

"stocks not bonds" find results that mention stocks but do not mention bonds

Combining AND, OR, and NOT

You can combine these "operators" into sophisticated searches.  

(stocks or bonds) and "foreign exchanges" will find results that mention either stocks or bonds, or both, and also include the phrase foreign exchanges

Truncation

symbols like * or ! added to the end of word will often find variants of the word

export* retrieve results with the words export, exports, exporting

Searching by Subject EBSCO databases, and many others, can be search using subject terms.  This "controlled vocabulary" is the formal language used by the database to cluster articles on similar topics.  Check out the Thesaurus, if available, to find a list of subject words.  Or, take a look at the subjects listed for an article you like. Make note of its subjects and use them to do a new search.

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