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Searching Tips

1. To locate an article in a scholarly journal, do a keyword or subject heading search in one of the databases listed on this web site. Remember to limit by "scholarly journals". Examples of keyword search statements:

                       african americans and identity
                       hispanic americans and culture
                       native americans and families
                       race and ethnicity        
2. Be sure to "truncate" your search term to find alternative spellings as well as singular and plural forms of a term. For example, the term, america*, will find america, americas, american, americans. The term, ethnic*, will find ethnic, ethnicity.  Examples of search statements with truncated terms:  
                       african american* and identity
                       hispanic american* and culture
                       native american* and famil*
3. It is also important to note if there are alternative terms for your topic and add them to your search statement when appropriate. Examples of search statements with alternative terms:
                        (african american* or black) and identity
                        (hispanic american* or latino* or mexican american*) and culture 
                        (native american* or indians) and family
                        (ethnic or minority) and groups                      
4. To locate a book or ebook, do a search in the WSU Libraries Online Catalog.  The online catalog uses a ? as the truncation symbol. Examples of keyword search statements include:  
                        race and ethnicity
                        african american? and famil?
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