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Social Sciences Research Guide

Guide for ANT (anthropology), MCG (multicultural and gender studies), PSY (psychology), and SOC (sociology) courses.

Search Tips for SOCIAL SCIENCES

  • When searching the database think about the different keywords and vocabulary associated with your topic and try MULTIPLE searches and databases
  • Keep your searches SIMPLE to start; the MORE search terms in your search the FEWER results you'll get
  • Use PHRASE searching when searching for multi-word terms to improve your results. This involves putting your search words in quotation marks when you search so the database searches for the terms together as a phrase. EXAMPLES:
    • "post-traumatic stress disorder"
    • "los angeles riots"
    • "net neutrality"
  • LIMIT your results to specific time periods and dates using the FILTERS, LIMITERS, and ADVANCED SEARCH features

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