F&M College Library

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
    • surrog*   will search for: surrogate(s), surrogacy
    • compar*   will search for: compare(s), compared, comparison, comparitive
    • medicaliz*   will search for: medicalize(s), medicalized, medicalization
    • transmi*   will search for: transmit, transmitted, transmission, transmissible 


  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "abstinence only"
    • "female genital mutilation"
    • "the pill"
    • "united states"


  • ​Use the word OR (in capital letters) to search for words with similar meaning -- always place within (  ):
    • (teen* OR adolescen*)
    • (epidemic OR pandemic)
    • (fgm OR "female genital mutilation")


  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • "abstinence only" AND (teen* OR adolescen*)
    • hiv AND prevent* AND transmi* AND fetus
    • (epidemic OR pandemic) AND (pregnan* OR childbirth)
    • health AND education AND rural AND "united states"

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