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Classics & Religious Studies 3310: Old Testament

Spelling Variations

In searching databases you need to be aware of variations in the spelling of words, especially those transliterated from other writing systems. Here are a few examples:

  • Abraham OR Abram
  • Nebuchadnezzar OR Nebuchadrezzar
In searching for specific sections in books of the Bible, you should use both Arabic and Roman numerals, e.g.,
  • Genesis 15 OR Genesis XV

This is where it will really help to use the Boolean connector OR to group sets of words. Combining OR with AND in searches can maximize both the focus and the quality of your search results. Our Search Strategy Builder tool (below) will help you set up a good search which you can "plug in" to ALICE, article databases, or other online sources.