Some of the examples and suggestions on this page may help you when searching for Holocaust-related information in library databases.
If you get too few sources...
Think of synonyms.
You tried: Holocaust stories
Try: Holocaust narratives, Holocaust oral histories, Holocaust testimonies
Use truncation (? or *) for more word endings.
You tried: survivors
Try: surviv? or surviv*
(This will look for survive, survived, survivor, survivors,and other words that begin with SURVIV.)
Don't use terms that are too specific.
You tried: Holocaust AND Hitler
Try: Holocaust AND Third Reich
Holocaust AND government mandates
You get too many sources:
Use AND to separate terms.
You tried: concentration camps Treblinka Auschwitz
Try: concentration camps AND Treblinka AND Auschwitz
Use quotation marks to search words together.
You tried: United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Try: "United States Holocaust Memorial Museum"
This will look for the words United States Holocaust Memorial Museum all together in that order, as a phrase, instead of finding each word separately.
Don't use terms that are too broad.
You tried: concentration camps
Try: "concentration camps" AND "women"
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