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Keywords

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Synonyms

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AND, OR, NOT, Quotes and Stars

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AND -results must include both words. 

OR -results can contain either of the words. Use to link synonyms

NOT -results include one word and not the other. 

Quotes - (in most databases) the quoted words must appear together. 

Star - (in most databases) look for all variations after the *. 

Limit your Search

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Databases

  • Social Science Citation Index
    Subjects: Social Sciences
    Contains: Citations and abstracts to journal articles. Citation mapping. Some non-English language material included.
    Coverage: 1900-present
  • Social Sciences (Abstracts &) Full Text (1983- )
    Subjects: Social sciences - political science, economics, psychology, geography, law, sociology, and anthropology.
    Contains: Citations and abstracts. Some full text 1990-
    Coverage: Indexing 1983 to present.
  • America: History and Life
    History, social and cultural studies of the United States. Includes abstracts to articles, books and book reviews from pre-history to present.
  • MLA International Biography
    Literature, folklore, language and linguistics. Includes citations to journals, books, essay collections and theses.
  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
    Subjects: Arts and humanities.
    Contains: Citations and abstracts to journal articles. Citation mapping. Some non-English language material included.
    Coverage: 1975-present
  • ProjectMuse
    Subjects: Mostly humanities with some social sciences.
    Contains: Full text articles from scholarly publications.
    Coverage: dates vary by journal

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