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POLS 101 Introduction to Political Science (Sell)

Identifying Search Terms

1. Identify the keywords or key phrases in your research need.


Does the recent election in Burma reflect a move away from a totalitarian government?

2. Identify synonyms for those words and phrases: 

election Burma totalitarian government
vote Myanmar junta rule
voting military regime
vot* "human rights"

3. Use search techniques to improve your search results:

vot* = vote OR voting symbols to expand search terms (truncation)
election AND Burma AND, OR, NOT to combine search terms
“human rights” quotation marks around phrases

4. Use the "Identifying Search Terms Worksheet" in the left Get Help with Search Terms box to try it yourself.

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