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History of Intercultural Contact: Find Articles

Search Tips

  • Use strong keywords: Pick out the most important words/concepts in your research question. Use keywords such as those experts and scholars would use. These are usually nouns
  • Avoid terms that can be used in many settings (like effect, impact, develop)
    • Intercultural Contact is not a very effective search. You will be must more successful searching for particular groups (see below).
  • Use Advanced Search and group keywords by concept: Use OR between synonyms (expands your results); use AND to combine different subjects (narrows your results)
    • Spain OR Spanish
    • Mongols AND Chinese
    • (Spain OR Spanish) AND (Aztec OR Maya OR Inca)
  • Search multiple endings of a word: Use asterisk, Maya* (Maya, Mayan, Mayas)
  • Search exact phrases: Use double quotes. "Miami Dolphins"
  • Limit results: Choose publication years, scholarly or peer-reviewed, full text, etc.
  • Sort results: Choose most recent first or most relevant first

Library Databases

The following library databases will be the most useful for your project.

Use the tips to the right.

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Use the tips below to create effective search strategies to find articles & more in library databases.