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CNX 220: Childbirth and Midwifery

Search Statement Examples

Here are some strategies for search statement language for searching in library databases:

  • Use an * to search for multiple forms of a word in a single search:
    • pregnan*   will search for: pregnant, pregnancy, pregnancies
    • midwi*   will search for: midwife, midwives, midwifery
    • medicaliz*   will search for: medicalize, medicalized, medicalization
  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "postpartum depression"
    • "infant mortality"
    • "birth control"
    • "maternal mortality"
    • "united states"
    • "dominican republic"

  • ​Use the word OR (in capital letters) to search for words with similar meaning -- always place within (  ):
    • (race OR racism)
    • (cesarean OR c-section)
    • (class OR socioeconomic)
    • (black OR "african american")

  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • "language barrier" AND childbirth
    • "maternal mortality" AND (race OR racism) AND "united states"
    • infertil* AND (environmental OR genetic) AND "united states"

CNX 220 Librarian

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Lisa Stillwell
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