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Troubled Waters: Tracing Waste in the Delaware River: An Interdisciplinary Documentary Project: Search Tips

CHEM 302: Lab in Chemical Structure & Reactivity (White)/ GNST 302: The Documentary Body (BMC) & ICPR 278: Documentary Film & Approaches to Truth (Funari)/ POLS 161: Politics of Globalization (Borowiak) with Visiting Artist jesikah maria ross (Spr. 2014)

Searching on Tripod Articles

Use the dropdown menu to search by keyword, subject, author, title, or ISSN number:

Use the filters on the right-hand side of the results page to refine your results by:

  • Full-text or peer-reviewed articles
  • Resource type
  • Specific authors/creators
  • Specific topics (subject headings)
  • Journal titles
  • Date Range
  • Other delimiters


Filters can be removed by clicking on the gold box under "Remove Filters" at the top of the column.


Tripod Articles is quite extensive, but not comprehensive.  Searching in smaller and subject-specific databases can often yield a more manageable and pertinent set of results. 

Tips for Searching

If you search a catalog or database and receive a large number of results, add a limit or additional keyword in order to retrieve a manageable and relevant number of results to review.  At the same time overly narrow search terms can return too few results.  One way of solving both problems is to use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT), which allow you to limit or expand searches depending on your needs.

For example, a search for labor AND indonesia will return items that contain both "labor" and "indonesia":


labor OR workers returns items that contain either "labor" or "workers" or both:

trade NOT union returns items that contain "trade" but not the word "union":

Phrase searching:

An important strategy to use when searching for phrases ("offshore manufacturing") or for titles in the Tripod Catalog:

For example, "global shift" will search for global AND shift in that order, finding the book by Peter Dicken


Truncation and Wildcards:

Most catalogs and databases enable users to search variations of keywords by using truncation (*) or wildcard (e.g., ?, $, !) symbols.

For example, one could search for politic*  to find poltic, politics, political, politicking, and so on.

Wildcard searches are for differences within words: a search for wom?n will return results for woman, women, and womyn.


Nested Searching:

When pairing two or more keywords with another keyword, it is important to "nest" the former terms within a larger Boolean search.

For example, (labor OR work*) AND indonesia* will return results for Indonesia and any one (or both) of the parenthetical terms.  

(Many catalogs and databases will have an "advanced search" option, which provides multiple search boxes to facilitate nested searching.)