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WMST 263: Introduction to Black Women's Studies

Research guide for wmst 263

Search Strategies

Social or cultural  issue by/about or affecting women.

place phrases in quotes:
"civil rights"
"voting rights"
"birth control"
"reproductive rights"
"body image"
"mass media"
"social media"
"criminal justice reform"
 

Use the * for truncation:
black* = black or blacks
"african american*" = african american or african americans
feminis* = feminism or feminist or feminists
harass* =harass or harassment or harassing
film* = film or films
 

use - or - to connect synonyms
"black women" or "african american women"
tv or television
film* or movie*
facebook or internet or twitter or "social media"

use - and - to connect concepts
equality and women and (black* or "african american*") and universit*
"body image" and advertising
"body image" and ("mass media" or tv or television) and "self esteem"
abortion and "women* right*"
internet and women and harass*


Example searches:
how are black women portrayed on tv?
black women                  tv                         portrayed

"black women" or "african american women"
 tv or television
portray* or character* or image* or stereotype*

narrow by adding:
orange is the new black

 

Black women in the fashion industry
"black women" or "african american women"
 and
"fashion industry"


 

Place the name in quotes, last name, first name. 

"kasi lemmons"
"julie dash"
"maxine waters"
"katherine johnson"
 

add additional words:
criticism
interview*
biography
 

add other keywords that describe the profession 
singer
musician
director
producer
athlete
"katherine johnson" and (math* or nasa*)

 

other keywords that describe any issues
racism
discrimination
inequality
class
acceptance
violence

3. If still retrieve too many results or results are not relevant, change the search field from Select a Field (optional) to SU Subject and last name, first name or AB Abstract
 

 

When using the Ebsco databases,  If you retrieve too many results :
limit document type
Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals
or
Academic Journals

 

 Change the search field from Select a Field (optional) to SU Subject or AB Abstract

Ebsco Change Search Field

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