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SLWK 311: Social Work and Oppressed Groups

Search Logic: Link concepts with AND

 

Linking 2 or more concepts with AND narrows searches to a specific context: race AND class AND power.

Search Logic: Link Synonyms with OR

This search returns content that includes racism and coping OR racism and adaptation

 

Using OR and the Asterisk

Linking synonyms with OR tells the database you want articles containing any of these similar terms.

The asterisk also captures articles you might otherwise miss. For instance, islam*  will return articles with the words islam, islamic, islamist, islamaphobia; stereotyp* will return articles with the words stereotype, stereotypes, stereotyped, stereotypical, stereotyping.

 

Look for potentially useful synonyms in the titles, abstracts, and subject headings of articles