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ANTH 4670/6670 Research Methods in Sociocultural Anthropology (Papavasiliou): Research Question ->
Search Strategy

Research Question -> Search Strategy

RESEARCH QUESTION:

Qualitative study of straight allies, focusing on how their societal privilege influences their involvement/motivation/interactions in gay rights activism.

CORE CONCEPTS:

  • Primary: straight allies, gay rights activism
  • Secondary: privilege, involvement, motivation, interactions

INITIAL SEARCH STRATEGY:

(straight OR heterosexual) AND (ally OR alliance) AND (gay OR homosexual OR lesbian OR lgbt OR glbt OR bisexual OR transgender* OR transsexual OR queer OR intersex*) AND (rights OR activism OR "collective action" OR "social movement") AND (privilege OR heteronormativ*)

Search Strategy Builder


Search Strategy Builder


The Search Strategy Builder is a tool designed to teach you how to create a search string using Boolean logic. While it is not a database and is not designed to input a search, you should be able to cut and paste the results into most databases’ search boxes.

Concept 1 AND Concept 2 AND Concept 3
Name your concepts here
Search terms Search terms Search terms
List alternate terms for each concept.

These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept.

Use single words or short phrases

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Now copy and paste the above Search Strategy into a database search box.

The Search Strategy Builder was developed by the University of Arizona Libraries and is used under a Creative Commons License.

Brainstorming keywords

  • Think of synonyms for a concept - both layman's terms and discipline-specific terms.
  • After doing a search, look for more keywords in the subject headings/descriptors fields of catalog and database records.
  • Some journals will have authors suggest keywords to aid in searching - look for these listed near the abstract.
  • If an article abstract is provided, look for more keywords there - what terms are the authors using to describe the concepts?
  • Look to see if the database you are searching has a thesaurus you can browse - that will list the subject headings/descriptors, tell you the scope of the subject heading/descriptor, and give you related terms you might use.