FS 102: South Asian Politics Through Literature and Film
Professor: Jolie Wood
Librarian: Cynthia Burton, x2982
An exercise in thinking: "talking with a search box"
We will divide into groups. Each group will develop multiple ways of querrying a database on the topic of India or Pakistan AND poverty.
Spend a few minutes brainstorming what terms besides poverty would find relevant sources.
Execute your searches in the database assigned to you:
Group I Aggregator
Group II JSTOR
Group III Academic OneFile
Group IV Historical Abstracts
Each group will come to the podium to discuss and show what kinds of searches found what kinds of results. Remember to take a look at the database descriptions.
The entire exercise should take about 10 minutes-I'll give you a 5 and 2 minute warning.
Presentations: For each group-
1. Talk very briefly about what your database contains.
2. Talk about and show us a sample or two of your searches.
3. Show one result that everyone "liked" and show us how you would obtain a copy.
WE will all help each other and listen carefully to each other.
Improving your Search Results
Use * (truncation symbol) to retrieve variant word endings
politic*---> politic, politics, political, etc
India and democra*
Using or (remember Or is MORE)
economic* or financ*
Using and with or
India and (middle class or bourgeois)
How to search for an exact phrase: