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Sociology: Search Tips

A Library Research Guide

Search Tips for Sociology

Choose keywords that represent the main concepts of your research topic.

  • Use AND
    This strategy will narrow your search. 
  • Use OR
    This strategy will broaden your search. Put words linked by OR inside parentheses.
  • Use quotation marks
    Using quotation marks will ensure that the database finds results that use that exact phrase.  
  • Use * 
    The * symbol tells the database to search for alternative word endings, for example: famil* will search for family, families, familial 
children AND (poverty OR "low income")

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