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*Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Research Guide for Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

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Search Strategies

The following search strategies can be used in our library catalog, Library OneSearch and in our library databases.


  • Use AND to narrow your search. For example, using "adolescence AND anxiety" will find articles with both terms, giving your more specific results.
  • Use OR to broaden your results, such as using "adolescence OR teen" will find articles with either term, giving you more results.
  • Use NOT to filter out results with terms you don't need. For example "teenager NOT child" will filter out articles with the term "child".

Phrase Searching: Use quotation marks (" ") around your search terms to search for them as a phrase. For example, the search "Combahee River Collective" will return results for that exact phrase.

Truncation (*): The asterisk * will search for all variant endings of a word root. For example, feminis* will returns results for feminist, feminists, feminism, etc.

Grouping Keywords: Use parentheses ( ) around your search terms to group them together. For example, the search ("drag balls" OR "ballroom culture") AND "new york" will search for resources that mention either drag balls or ballroom culture and new york.

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