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SOC 345: Feminism and the Body

Database Search Tips

  • Use Boolean operators connect your search words together to either narrow or broaden your set of results. The two basic boolean operators are: AND and OR.
    • AND tells the database that ALL search terms must be present in the resulting records. 
      Example: body consciousness AND teens
    • OR increases your results, telling the database that ANY of your search terms can be present in the resulting records. 
      Example: teens OR adolescents
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