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MUSC 1151: Music of the World's Cultures

Search Tips!

 Use these search tips in any catalog or database.


Using AND

Use AND in your search to:

  • Narrow down your results
  • Find sources that have ALL of your search terms

Example:  folk music AND Irish

The green space represents the results for this search.


Using OR

Use OR in your search to:

  • Connect 2 or more similar terms (synonyms)
  • Broaden your results (so that your results an have either term)

Example:  Irish OR Ireland

The green space represents the results for this search.


Quick Tricks

*  Add this symbol onto the root of a word to find results that use all variations of that word.


Example:  music* = music, musical, musician, musicians


"..."  Place quotation marks around search terms or a search phrase to seach for that exact phrase.


Example: "talking drum"


(   )  Use parentheses to nest similar terms or to ensure the database will search your terms in the correct order.


Example:  music AND (Irish OR Ireland)


Using NOT

Use NOT in your search to:

  • Exclude a word from your search
  • Narrow down your results, telling the system not to include any results with that term

Example:  folk music NOT American