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ETHN-100 Dr. Hinzo

Searching tips

  • When searching databases, look for the "Advanced" search screen so that you can combine terms (e.g., "immigration" and "legislation") and use limiting options, such as a specific date range or type of source
  • If you want to search for a specific phrase, use quotation marks (e.g., "civil rights movement")
  • Use OR and parenthesis to search for synonyms for similar concepts in order to get more results, e.g., teenagers OR youth OR adolescents
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  • Too many results? Narrow your search by adding more terms, using the limiters, or doing a subject search instead of a keyword search
  • Too few results? Broaden your search by using more generalized language (e.g., "media" instead of "television commercials") or fewer search terms or removing limiters


Database Suggestions: News

The following databases can help you find news and/or popular sources. All of these databases are also accessible from Database page of the library's website.

Database suggestions: Scholarly sources