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PSY 241: Death & Mourning Around the World

Have a topic?

Computer search iconOnce you have a topic, create search phrases in order to search library databases.

Topic example:

  • I want to find information about the death and funeral customs in Chinese culture.

Search phrase examples might include:

  • funerals AND customs AND China
  • (death OR funerals) AND customs AND China
  • (death OR burial OR funeral) AND customs AND Chinese

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In addition to searching for death, also try . . .

  • burial
  • funerary
  • funerals
  • cemetery OR cemeteries
  • cremation OR crematory
  • mourning OR grief OR grieving OR bereavement


Focus on a specific ritual, rite, or ceremony:

  • "Day of the Dead" OR "Dia De Los Muertos"
  • mummification


Focus on a specific racial, ethnic, or religious group:

  • Islam
  • Igbo
  • Navajo

Combine similar words with OR to expand your search:

  • (Mexican OR Mexico OR Hispanic OR Latino)
  • (Muslim OR Islam OR Islamic)
  • (Jew OR Jewish OR Judaism)
  • (Japan OR Japanese)
  • ("American Indian" OR "Native American" OR "Native North Americans")