AFR AM 139: Teaching Freedom: The History of African American Education

Using Boolean Operators & Truncation

BOOLEAN OPERATORS

  • AND, OR, NOT, W/# (for within or nearby a certain number or words in the full-text)
  • Example: African Americans AND gender
  • Ex: Rhodesia OR Zimbabwe
  • Ex: African American NOT African
  • Ex: Nelson Mandela W/10 ANC

TRUNCATED SEARCHES

  • Most catalogs & databases use *, ?, # symbols to truncate (shorten) words
  • Be careful not to truncate a word too short, some entries will be unrelated to your search
  • Can be used at the end of a word and internally too
  • Example: Educat* = education, educator, educators
  • Ex: Wom?n = woman, women
  • Ex: S*nk = sink, sank, sunk

 

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Last Update: August 22, 2013 15:19 | Tagged with: African American Studies education history