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Subcultures and Scenes

A guide for students and researchers interested in the study of Subcultures and Scenes

Database Search Tips

Here are tips for better search results in databases. This usage works on most databases, but check 'Help' sections for supported search syntax. Capitalize AND, OR, NOT so the database knows this is a command.

Boolean: (using operators: AND, OR, NOT) 

  • graffiti AND new york city searches for occurrences of both words within scope defined.
  • graffiti OR street art searches for one or all, but both are not required.
  • graffiti NOT banksy searches for occurrences of the words ‘graffiti’ without use of the word ‘banksy.’
  • (graffiti NOT banksy) AND street art searches for occurrences of the words ‘graffiti’ without use of the word ‘banksy,’ then also requires the words ‘street art.’

Truncation: 

art* searches for art, arts, artistic, artful, etc.


Wildcard:

m?n searches for man and men

General databases

General databases contain content from a variety of subject areas and publication types.  

This will allow you to look at your research from a wide perspective.  Be sure to use the search refinements each database may offer including: date, document type, and source type.

Subject Specific databases

Rather than looking at Subcultures and Scenes from a narrow perspective, it is helpful to broaden your research and venture into other disciplines. 

Here is a brief list of databases that may enhance your research: