American Folklore Society Ethnographic Thesaurus

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Basic Searching

You may search for a subject term or a phrase in quotes.

The AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus lists subject terms in the plural, as in “circuses” rather than “circus” or “folklorists” rather than “folklorist.”

Advanced Searching:

wildcard searches
To perform a single character wildcard search, use the "?" symbol. To perform a multiple character wildcard search use the "*" symbol. Wildcard searches for the first character are not currently supported.
fuzzy searches
To perform a fuzzy search, append the tilde "~" symbol to a search term. For instance, "roam~" will find records with the term "roam" but also records with terms like "road" or even "rom."
boolean searches
To perform boolean searches, use uppercase AND, OR, or NOT operators. You
may also group operators and quotes using parentheses, as in “(squash OR tennis) NOT vegetables.”

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