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ANT 101: Honors Introduction to Anthropology: Search for Academic Sources in Library Databases

A guide to help with the research assignments in ANT 101. Fall 2017.

Identifying Keywords

Before you can begin searching for information in a print or online resource, you need to identify keywords related to your topic. Key terminology can be found easily by scanning:

If you are still struggling, then try these suggestions:

  • Use a thesaurus to identify synonyms.
  • Find pictures related to your topic, then describe the picture.
  • Brainstorm keywords with a librarian, your instructor, or a friend.

Search Tips

 To improve the quality of your search results, consider trying:

  • Wildcards/Truncation
    • Using a wildcard searches more than one form of the word.
      • famil* searches family, families, familial, familiar, etc.
    • Most common is *.
    • Two exceptions for UK Libraries are:
      • InfoKat uses a question mark (?)
      • LexisNexis uses an exclamation point (!)
  • Quotation Marks - keep 2 or more words together as a phrase.
    • "kinship system"  searches for the phrase kinship system, not the word kinship by itself and not the word system by itself.
  • Boolean Operators - broaden/narrow searches
    • AND narrows a search
      • Cats AND dogs yields results that are each about both cats and dogs.
    • OR searches any of the terms
      • Cats OR dogs for searches for sources about cats and sources about dogs.
    • NOT excludes term(s) following NOT
      • Cats NOT dogs will provide results about cats that don't include results about dogs.

If you are not sure how something works, use the help or tips screen on the database, or contact  a reference librarian at refdesk@uky.edu or  (859) 218-2048..

(borrowed from Valerie Perry's Agriculture Research Guide)

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