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LITTRANS 302: What is life? Biological Life in Literature and Culture (Spring 2021) : Database Search Strategies

This guide is designed for students of LITTRANS 302 to help them in their library 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
    • Zola AND Raquin
  • Use OR to combine similar words or synonyms
    • spirit OR soul
  • Use quotation marks (" ") to search words as a phrase
    • "artificial life"
  • Use an asterisk (*) to find varied endings of words and singular and plural forms.
    • biolog* to find biology, biologist(s), or biological
  • Look at Subjects to find additional keywords and use them to find relevant and specific results.