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SOC 3340: Marisela Martinez-Cola: Key Resources


Search Strategies

When searching for your individual or organization, here are a few tips:

  • Try searching the name in quotation marks, for example, "Dolores Huerta." In a phrase search, quotation marks act like glue, keeping individual words connected.
  • Double-check spelling. Any errors in a phrase search will likely give you 0 results back in your search.
  • Search by different names if your individual or organization has gone by other names in the past. This is particularly helpful when searching newspaper and archival content. Consider last name changes and initials for individuals (Martin Luther King, Jr. is a great example to think about), and organization name changes and acronyms for organizations.
  • Save time using Boolean operators. AND adds terms to your search (and narrows your results), while OR expands your results by including synonyms.

For example, to find information about the organization that is now the United Farm Workers of America, it might be helpful to search its full name, short name, acronym, and the names and acronyms of the organizations that merged to form it:

"United Farm Workers of America" OR "United Farm Workers " OR UFW OR "United Farm Workers Union" OR "Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee" OR AWOC OR "National Farm Workers Association" OR NFWA

If you're interested in this organization and immigration, you can use Boolean strategies to run a search looking for any of these names with the term immigration:

("United Farm Workers of America" OR "United Farm Workers " OR UFW OR "United Farm Workers Union" OR "Agricultural Workers Organizing Committee" OR AWOC OR "National Farm Workers Association" OR NFWA) AND immigration

Scholarly Articles

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Need the PDF/full-text?

Use Article Linker to search for full-text across all databases. If the article isn't available, choose Request via ILLiad or use interlibrary loan to request a copy from another library.


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Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

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Or search the library catalog to find more. Add keywords related to your topic in the first box with dictionary OR encyclopedia in the second. Here are a few examples you can access online:

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