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.”
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.
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."
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.”
The current version of the AFS Ethnographic Thesaurus will be available for download here.
If you have questions or comments, please contact us. If you suggest a new term to add to the thesaurus, or propose a change to an existing term, please provide a citation to a reference source for the term.