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HIST 134 African American History from 1865 - Prof Carr - Fall 2021: Secondary - Database Searching

Primo Search


Develop a Search Strategy

Use keywords and synonyms:

  • Start by taking keywords directly from your thesis statement.
  • Use synonyms and related concepts by thinking of other words that mean the same thing as the keywords in your question.
  • Look at the subject terms in your search results and see if you can use any of those.

  Use truncation:

You can broaden your search results by typing an asterisk symbol  *  at end of the root of a word. When you do this, the computer will search for alternative endings for the word you have typed.

For example ​compet* yields results for: 

        ​compete     competed     competes     competition     competitive    

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