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Art History 108 - Art of the Ancient World - Prof. Jones FALL 2021: Recommended Databases

Databases

Planning Your Search Strategy

Search Strategies: using keywords, synonyms / related concepts and truncation:

Relevant keywords are necessary for effective research. You can start by taking keywords from your thesis statement or research question.

There are other ways to develop additional keywords.

1. Use synonyms and related concepts

Look at the subject terms in your search results and see if you can use any of those.

2. 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, 

        Typing analy* will yield results for 

               analyze(s)      analyzed       analysis      analytical            

         Typing compar* will yield results for

               compare(s)       compared     comparison      comparable                   

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