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Religion and Mythology: Search Tips

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Search Tips for Relgion and Mythology

How do I choose keywords for my searches?

  • Words to include
    You would want to include, at the very least, the religion's name or name of the figure in mythology and an aspect of the religion/myth you are interested in.
  • Use quotation marks
    If the name is longer than one word, you can optimize your search by putting quotation marks around the title. Using quotation marks will ensure that the database finds results that use that exact phrase.  
  • Use AND
    To search for both the religion and the aspect together, you need to link your search terms with and. This strategy will narrow your search. 
Zeus and "infidelity imagery"  --  Christianity and "Noah's Ark"

Found too many results?

  • Add more keywords
    If you find that you are retrieving too many results, try adding more keywords to further narrow your topic.
Christianity and "Noah's Ark" and "Ural Mountains"

Found too few results?

  • Use OR
    At times you may not find much information on the subject have chosen. In this case you can try broadening your search by using or to link your terms. This strategy will broaden your search because it will return results that mention either Zeus or Jupiter
Zeus or Jupiter
  • Look for more general information 
    If you are still having trouble finding enough information, try looking for more general information about your topic...
"roman mythology"  -- "world religions"

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