F&M College Library

SOC 350: Sociology of Gender

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:
    • feminin* = will search for: feminine, femininity, feminism, feminist
    • socializ* = will search for: socialize(d), socializing
  • Use "quotation marks" to have multiple words searched together as a phrase:
    • "higher education"
    • "domestic violence"
    • "gender equality"
    • "sex work*" = will search for sex work, sex workers
    • "hegemonic masculin*" = will search for hegemonic masculinity, hegemonic masculinities
  • ​Use the word OR (in capital letters) to search for words with similar meaning -- always place within (  ):
    • (sports OR athletics)
    • (women OR female)
  • Use the word AND (in capital letters) to combine different topics/concepts:
    • "sexual assault" AND college
    • "gender equality" AND (sports OR athletics)
    • gender AND emotions AND socializ*

Sociology Librarian

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Lisa Stillwell
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