Ethnic Studies 001: Oral History or Social Issues Research Paper (Fisher): Search Strategies

NOTE: This Guide is currently being revised.

Topic Worksheet


Search Strategy Worksheet



Use a Thesaurus

Brainstorm as many keywords to describe your research topic as possible. If you are not finding what you are looking for, use synonyms

Mind Map


Mind Map Your Topic

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Boolean Operators


Boolean Operators = AND, OR, NOT


Searching tricks


Searching term tricks

*   Expand the word you are searching to include plurals. etc.: Pakis* gives you Pakistan, Pakistani 

"quotes"   Use for phrases: "Nobel Peace Prize"

OR   Use for either or searching: Child or teen

And   Use to combine terms you want to have: Educat* and Pakis*

Not   Use when you want to eliminate a word from your search (Warning: if you cut a word and it is in an article with words you want, you won't see that article!)