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HY238 Colonial Hispano-America: Search Tips

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement, and the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies

Footnotes and bibliographies are a quick way to find related materials and track the names of popular authors.

Browse the Shelves

Books on the same topic often have similar call numbers. Books about anthropology and archaeology can be found in some of the following areas:

GN Anthropology, Ethnology, Physical Anthropology, Prehistoric Archaeology
GF Human Ecology and Anthropogeography
GR Folklore
GT Manners and Customs
BD450 Philosophical Anthropology
BL256 Anthropology and Religion
CC Archaeology

HD6305- HD6097

Criminal Anthropology
GR Folklore
GT Manners and Customs

For a complete list of call numbers by subject area, check out the Library of Congress Classification Outline

Keyword Searching

Use the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search. 

                        Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)

AND

Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

Example: vegetarianism and environment
OR

Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

Example: global warming or climate change

NOT

Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

Example: emissions trading not United States

 

Additional Search Tips

"Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks (" ") to search for a particular phrase.

Example: "greenhouse gas emissions"

Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.

Example: environment* (finds environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.)

(Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.

Example: (climate change or global warming) and population growth

Create A Keyword List

The right keywords help to effectively search catalogs, databases, and the Internet.

  • Start by compiling a list of keywords that represent each concept of your topic.
  • Try the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search.
    • Use more specific terms when searching databases versus catalogs.
    • Look for additional terms in your search results. Add these to your list.
    • Search Google Books for keywords in the title, table of contents, subject headings, and text of books.

      You may need to do multiple searches in each database to research your topic. However, with patient and persistence, you'll find relevant material.

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