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Welcome to the Women's Studies Guide.  Following the tabs in this guide should make your search for information more efficient and effective.  



Add these Library of Congress subject subheadings to keywords to help you find relevant results 

For example "women leadership" AND "statistics"

-- Abstracts
-- Bibliography
-- Chronology
-- Dictionaries
-- Directories
-- Encyclopedias
-- Guidebooks
-- Handbooks, manuals, etc.
-- Maps
-- Sources
-- Statistics


Search Strategies

Boolean searching uses combinations of terms to narrow or expand your search.  Use parentheses to group related terms and use nesting parentheses to create more sophisticated searches.

AND -- narrows your search because it requires all hits to contain all the terms connected by the AND
OR -- expands your search because it allows hits to have only one of the connected terms.  Usually OR connects synonyms 
NOT -- limits your search because it removes all results that have the term/s following NOT

When you use two or more Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), you must group sets of terms with parentheses.

For example:

(Women OR female OR ladies) AND "culture"

"women," "female," and "ladies" function as synonomous terms for the purposes of our search above.  We want to find one of these terms together with the phrase "culture."

Here's a more complicated example:

(ethics OR responsibility) AND ((oil OR gas OR petroleum) AND (compan* OR corporat* OR industr*)) AND leadership

We want to identify articles that deal in some capacity with issues of ethics in oil and gas industry leadership.  The asterisks are truncation symbols that allow for variations on the word (corporate, corporation, corporations, etc).

After you retrieve your initial search results and look within their records at the subject terms used, you may choose to add or substract keywords from your strategy.

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Boolify is a visual way of creating search strings.  The phrases will only search Google, but you can use the successful search strings in other databases, catalogs and search engines.


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