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Ethnic NewsWatch Guide


Ethnic NewsWatch provides Full Text content of newspapers, magazines and journals of the ethnic, minority and native press. The search interfaces are in both English and Spanish. The topics covered include politics, education, sociology, journalism, the arts, the environment, and ethnic studies. The time period covered is 1990 to the present, and the groups covered include: African American, Arab/Middle Eastern, Asian American, European, Hispanic, Jewish, Native Peoples.

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The key truncation symbol in Ethnic NewsWatch is an ASTERISK (*), and when this symbol is put at the end of a word, the database will be searched for all of the possible endings--suffixes--for that word. For example, the command "chican*" will have the computer search engine look for all possible endings of this word. It should find, "chicano," "chicana," "chicanos," and "chicanas."

Two Boolean operators that are important in finding information are AND and OR. The AND is used to connect two different concepts and the OR is used between concepts that are synonymous. It is critical to put parentheses around a search expression that contains an OR. Here is an example:

(chican* OR latino* OR latina* OR hispanic*) AND (imMiGra* OR migra*)

The first part of this statement will find material about the Latino population. The second part will look for the words "immigra" or "migration". The AND then links the first search statement with the second. This should be an effective way to look for information about hispanic immigration.

John Dillard, Social Work & Social Sciences Librarian

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