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GER 312: Heimat in German Culture: Find Articles

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  • Winnetou AND xxy

Use AND to connect words that must appear in a document

  • Reichskristallnacht OR Reichspogromnacht

Use OR if only one word must appear in a document. This is especially useful for synonyms or variant terminology.

  • amerikamude NOT goehr

Use NOT to exclude words or terms from a search

(Combining search terms with AND, OR, NOT is called Boolean searching. There is an explanation here.)

  • migr* 

In the Whitman catalog or MLA database, use an asterisk to truncate a word and allow for different endings. 

  • "migrant literature"

Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase or words that must appear together in a document. 

  • (heimat OR heimweh) AND migr*
  • (Indian OR Native American) AND Winnetou

You can combine two or more of these techniques to define and limit your search further.

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Historical Abstracts and America:History and Life are databases that index secondary literature about world and American history respectively. They may include some discussion of specific literature, but certainly will provide historical context for your own literary study.

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