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LCS 100: Culture and Power in the Americas: Database & Library Catalog Search Tips

This course-related guide provides useful information on Latin American Studies.

1. Identify Keywords that Define your Research

Keywords are terms considered to be “key” to finding information. You might find them useful for your catalog and database searches. Some examples:

  • Keywords in different languages. Latin America, América Latina…
  • Synonyms. Latinos, Hispanics….
  • Related keywords. Globalization, economic integration, migration, diaspora.

3. Have you Found Too Many Resources?

Narrow down your search by using:

  • Subject searches and subject headings for a more controlled search.
  • Boolean operators (AND, NOT)
  • Limits (by date, language, format, specific field, electronic full-text availability…)

4. Do you Need Additional Resources?

Expand Your Search by Using:

  • Keyword in different languages, synonyms, an related keywords.
  • Boolean operators (OR)
  • Truncation. A symbol at the end of a word to retrieve variants of that word. For example: searching for hispan* would find "hispano", "hispanic", “hispanism".
  • Wildcards. A symbol to be embedded within a word to replace a single character or a string of characters. For example: searching for wom?n will find “woman” and “women”.