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SJSU King Library Resource Guide for Anthropology Students, Faculty, and Practitioners.

Performing a basic search

You can use a basic search to find items by keyword, title, subject or author. The default option is to search by keyword.

OneSearch box

You can limit your search results to just San Jose State University Collections, or to California State University Collections or Articles+.

sample search for "japanese popular culture"

Basic search tips:

To search for an exact phrase put quotations marks around the first and last words of the phrase. For example: "cat psychology."  This will give you results that only include items with that exact phrase.

sample search with quotation marks

You can use these words to narrow or broaden your search in LibrarySearch: AND, OR, NOT (Be sure to use ALL CAPS).

AND – retrieves results that have all the specified terms. So a search for unicorns AND rainbows will only retrieve results that have both unicorns and rainbows in the results. It is a useful way to narrow your search.

sample search with AND

OR – retrieves results with at least one of the search terms. So a search for movie OR film will retrieve results that include either the terms movie or film or both..

sample search with OR

NOT – excludes any search results that includes the specified term. It is most useful to use NOT when trying to eliminate irrelevant results. So a search for jave NOT coffee will give you results related to java, but will not include results about coffee.

sample search with NOT