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LITTRANS 260: Italy and the Invention of America (Fall 2020) : Database Search Strategies

This guide is intended for students of LITTRANS 260 to help them in their course research.

Database Search Strategies

For written directions, see: Database Search Strategies

Searching Within Databases

For written directions, see: Searching Within Databases

Search Tips

  • Use AND to combine different words to find all those words, in any order
    • Italians AND immigration
  • Use OR to combine similar words or synonyms
    • culture OR civilization
  • Use quotation marks (" ") to search words as a phrase
    • "Little Italy"
  • Use an asterisk (*) to find varied endings of words and singular and plural forms.
    • immigra* to find immigrant, immigrants, immigration
  • Look at Subjects to find additional keywords and use them to find relevant and specific results.