I hope this guide will provide some useful starting places as you work on your research assignments. I'm available and happy to consult with you about any part of the research process, from finding and evaluating sources to understanding how to cite them. You can email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or make a Zoom appointment on my calendar: bit.ly/storzappt. We can also arrange a time for a text chat — whatever works for you!
Karen Storz, Research & Instruction Librarian
SuperSearch results can sometimes be overwhelming and hard to focus. For searching with more focus and precision, see the Find Books & Articles page of this guide.
If you find a book that is only available in print through the Wellesley Library, try searching for the title in the National Emergency Library. You can also request book chapters through our Interlibrary Loan Service.
Use quotation marks " " to search words as a phrase. This will narrow your results.
Use AND to combine multiple concepts in your search. This will narrow your results.
"environmental justice" AND feminism
Use OR to find different ways your topic could be expressed. This will expand your results. Group these related terms in parentheses, so the database interprets them first. The following search will find results that have any one of the terms in the first set of parentheses along with any one of the terms in the second set.
("environmental justice" OR "environmental racism") AND (feminism OR intersectionality OR ecofeminism)
Use an asterisk * to find variant endings. This will expand your results.
("environmental justice" OR "environmental racism") AND (feminis* OR intersectional* OR ecofeminis*)