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HIS/PBH 278:Reproductive Health and Justice in Mexico

Search Statement Examples

Here are some strategies for search statement language for database searching:

  • Use an * to search for multiple forms of a word in a single search:
    • mexic*   will search for: mexico, mexican
    • pregnan*   will search for: pregnant, pregnancy, pregnancies
    • medicaliz*   will search for: medicalize, medicalized, medicalization
  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "coerced sterilization"
    • "sex education"
    • "birth control"

  • ​Use the word OR (in capital letters) to search for words with similar meaning -- always place within (  ):
    • (prostitution OR "sex work")
    • (contraception OR "birth control")

  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • "maternal mortality" AND mexico
    • women AND health AND mexico AND (indigenous OR indian)

HIS/PBH 278 Librarian

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Lisa Stillwell
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