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HIS/E&E 318: Environmental History of Latin America

Search Statement Examples

Strategies for library database search statement language:

  • Use an * to search for multiple forms of a word in a single search:​
    • coloni* = will search for: colonial, colonization, colonists, colonialist(s), etc.
    • environment* = will search for: environment, environmental, environmentalist(s), etc.


  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "el salvador"
    • "republican period"
    • "drug trade"


  • ​Use the word OR (in capital letters) to search for words with similar meaning -- always place within (  ):
    • (18th OR eighteenth)
    • (urban OR city)


  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • gold AND brazil AND environmental
    • peru AND ("post colonial" OR republic*)
    • "land reform" AND (19th OR nineteenth) AND "latin america"

HIS/E&E 318 Librarian

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Ryan Nadeau
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Shadek-Fackenthal Library