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Holocaust Studies

Use this guide to identify library and open web sources to research the holocaust

Database Search Tips

Boolean Logic

For better search results, try Boolean Operators!

Narrows search results Broadens search results Narrows search results
Search separate concepts                        Search synonyms                      Exclude search terms
Results contain both concepts     Results contain either or both synonyms

Results do not contain excluded search terms


holocaust AND memory


"racial hygiene" OR eugenics


holocaust NOT (film or "motion pictures")

Phrase Searching

Phrase searching narrows your search results to include the exact phrase you are searching for - two or more words in precise order. Phrase searching is also handy when searching on specific titles or quotes especially when searching the open web or when trying to locate a full-text article.

For example:

"concentration camps"

"national socialism"


Truncation will broaden your search and look for variations of a root word. For example:

Searching on genetic* will search for the root word genetic and all extensions of the word including:

  • genetics
  • genetically


Nesting will broaden your search and is most commonly used between synonyms. Use nesting to organize your search strategy as follows:

("extermination camps" OR "death camps") AND holocaust