To search for phrases:
Put them in quotation marks.
Finding Keywords - use the same reference works indicated under topic selection to investigate key terms for your search
Always Start by Brainstorming Keywords before doing the keyword search. First, break the topic down into parts, then brainstorm synonyms for each part.
For example if your research question was : What is the significance of prostitution in Richardson's works?
You would break down the concepts - and then brainstorm synonyms, broader and narrower terms
Concepts Synonyms, broader terms, narrower terms
Prostitution prostitute or whore
Richardson Enlightnment, 1700-1799
His Writings Pamela, Clarissa, novel
Think of both synonyms AND more specific or broader examples.
So, if your topic concerns a theme in a particular work, you might also want to search for articles discussing that theme in the author's other works or in other authors of the same period. These will still potentially lead you to insights for your own analysis of the work you have chosen.
Using AND & OR
· Example: richardson and prostitution
Example: prostitute or whore
Example with boxes:
Box 1 : prostitute or whore
Box 2: richardson or pamela or clarissa
Example with parentheses :
(prostitute or whore) AND (richardson or pamela or clarissa)
Truncation allows you to search for multiple forms of a word with one term. Examples:
prostitut* = prostitute, prostitutes, prostitution
femin* = feminine, feminism, feminist, feminists
Beware of truncating too short - and getting irrelevant things, for example just liter* would include too many words and all would not be related what you are doing for this course.