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BSCV 191: Introduction to Civicus

Course Guide for BSCV 191

Search Strategies

Always think about different  ways to say the same thing.  Start with keywords to describe your topic, within results, look at the abstract and subject headings to identify additional keywords to use.

place phrases in quotes
"solitary confinement"
"affirmative action"
"fake news"
"food deserts"
"asian american"
"plastic straw"
"gun control"
"chesapeake bay"
"wage gap"
"echo chamber"


use * for truncation
"food desert*"= food desert or food deserts
school* = school or schools
prison* = prison or prisons
college* = college or colleges
universit* = university or universities
"asian american*" = asian american or asian americans
"plastic straw*" = plastic straw or plastic straws
"echo chamber*" = echo chamber or echo chambers



use - or - to connect synonyms
college* or universit*
"wage gap" or "gender gap"
media or tv or television
regulation* or legislation or policy or policies
poverty or "low income"



use - and - to connect concepts
"solitary confinement" and prison and effect*
"asian american*" and (college* or universit*) and (applicant* or application or admission*)
"mental health" and access and (poverty or "low income) and (barrier* or obstacle*)
"food desert*" and solution*


Additional concepts:

"legal rights"

government policy
public opinion
united states or us or usa