F&M College Library

CNX 144: World Cup Connections

Search Statements: think about language

Tips for effective searching in library databases:

  • Use an * to search for multiple forms of a word in a single search:
    • host*   will search for: hosts, hosted, hosting, hostess
    • fasci*   will search for: fascism, fascist, fascistic
    • corrupt*   will search for: corrupt, corrupts, corrupting, corrupted, corruption


  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "wage gap"
    • "world war i"
    • "cognitive function"
    • "south america"
    • "international conflict"


Search Statements: searching strategies

Search statement structure for searching in library databases:

  • ​Use the word OR (in capital letters) to search for words with similar meaning -- always place within (  ):
    • (violence OR gang)
    • (conflict OR war)
    • ("pay gap" OR "wage gap")


  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • "world cup" AND host*
    • soccer AND (conflict OR war)
    • women AND soccer AND brazil
    • soccer AND "world war i" AND brit*