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SOAN 465: Ethnography of Virtual Selves (Kurotani): Find Books & More

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Search Tips and Strategies

1. Generate a set of terms related to your topic.  These will be the keywords with which you begin searching.

social media                          online identities                      community/ies                      
online                                           self                                                  games                              
virtual                                             Other                                              utopia                                                               


2. In order to get search results more specific to your topic, find the appropriate subject heading. To do this, choose a book from your keyword search in the catalog. Next look in the record under "subject." You should find hyperlinked subject headings like those highlighted to the right.

subject headings example

Possible subject headings:

Virtual reality -- Philosophy

Share virtual environments

Virtual reality

Ethnology -- Interactive multimedia


Putting Search Terms Together

Boolean Operators: AND, OR, NOT and Other Symbols for More Effective Searching

hinduism AND (movies OR film)=Using the AND operater narrows your search to only results that mention both keywords.  Use the OR operator to search for variants or synonyms of the same keyword. 

virtual reality AND relig*=Use quotation marks to search for a specific phrase.  The asterisk (*) is a wildcard symbol that is used to catch variant endings of a word (religion, religious).