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Geographic Thought & Research Methods (32-410): Database searching

Search combinations

Combine words or phrases to build a search.

Search example: slave* AND plantation* AND ("american south" OR "united states")
  • Use AND to connect topics - geography AND slavery
  • Use OR for synonyms or related terms and surround with parentheses - (plantation OR farm)
  • Place phrases of 2+ words in quotation marks - "united states"
  • Use an asterisk(*) to locate alternate endings - geograph* will locate geography, geographical, or geographers
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