This page breaks down what we call "search strategies," and it includes common keywords related to multicultural education. For some this may be review. For others, it may be brand new. Do not hesitate to reach out to a librarian if you need help getting the most out of our databases.
Identify the key concepts of your topic and enter just those terms (not the full sentences) into the search box. For example, if you are investigating equity issues in education, your key concepts might start with: racial inequity, classism, discrimination, K-12 classroom, higher education.
Consider Synonyms, Broader Terms, Narrower Terms, and Related Terms:
For example, for a search on multicultural education consider the following: "multicultural education", "critical pedagogy", "teacher education", "critical multiculturalism". Then add other concepts to narrow the terms even more,.
Articles are assigned subject headings. Use these as keywords to broaden or narrow your results. In many of the library's databases, you will find the list of assigned subject headings (sometimes called descriptors) in the record for the article. See the below image as an example of where you can find the subject headings or keywords which describe your topic:
Some databases offer a thesaurus that lists related subject headings. Look for a field titled Subject Terms, Keywords, or Descriptors for narrowing your search.
To find an exact phrase, use double quotes, such as "critical multiculturalism" or "multicultural education".
Boolean Operators are words (AND, OR, NOT) that combine or exclude keywords in a search. Of course you will want to use Education related keywords. This example illustrates how to include or remove subjects with keywords.
AND narrows your search
OR broadens your search
NOT excludes terms
Note: To find an exact phrase, use double quotes, such as "critical multiculturalism" or "multicultural education".
Please note that the symbols vary by database, so it is in your best interest to look at the Help or Search Tips or Advanced Search section of each database for the correct symbols.
Add a symbol (these vary by database, examples include *, ?, $ ) to find variant endings of a word, which will broaden your search. Enter the root of a word and place the truncation symbol at the end:
Add a symbol (these vary by database, but examples include *, ?, $) within a word to find variant spellings of a term.
From MECP 600:
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