Vasaure Ethnic Studies 1: Search Terms

Using Search terms

Below are some class topics and how you should enter in search boxes  

Latin and Migrant Refugees and U.S
Latinx and Migrant Refugees and U.S  
                                                 
Native Americans and  WWII                                                                                      
African Americans and Identity and United States                                                      

African Immigrants and United States and Identity                                 
Latino/as and Civil Rights Movement                                                                                                                                                 

Latinx and Representation and Hollywood
Zoot Suit and Culture   

What "Search Terms" to Use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Classism AND Race

What "search terms" to use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Sex Differences AND Communication


If for some reason, you are getting results you do NOT want (say for example you want to find only articles on communication in opposite sex marriages) try a NOT search.  Librarians caution that NOT searches often also weed out articles that may have been relevant for you.  So only perform such searches if you have LOTS of results (say over ten that are in full text format):

EXAMPLE

Marriage NOT Same Sex