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HIS109: The Development of European Civilization 1350 - 1945

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Keyword search examples

Example topic:  Discuss the role that the peasants played in the French Revolution.

french revolution and peasant*

1. What are the most important ideas in your topic? Brainstorm keywords. Look for synonyms, word variations, more specific words or examples, or broader terms.

french revolution      

peasants, peasant, peasantry, rural, agrarian

2. Put your keywords together in a search string:

peasants and french revolution

peasant* and french revolution

land reform and french revolution

3. * (asterisk) finds different word endings (the symbol may vary from database to database)

peasant* finds peasant or peasants

feudal* finds feudal, or feudalism

4. and focuses your search by finding articles with both terms in the record, e.g., peasants and french revolution

Additional example:

canad* and immigra* and ital* (for Italian immigration to Canada)

Advanced keyword searching

Example topic:  Discuss the role that the peasants played in the French Revolution.

french revolution and (peasant* or rural or agrarian)

 

or finds alternative words. Enclose all words joined by 'or' in brackets.

french revolution and (peasant* or rural or agrarian)

Additional example:

(aboriginal or native or indian*) and self-government
(for aboriginal self-government)