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Looking up background information first can save you time later - use Credo Reference. The Oxford English Dictionary gives definitions, etymologies, first known use of words. For literary authors, provides good biographical articles.
Use terminology and facts learned from the background information to search for articles in MLAInternational Bibliography, Academic Search Complete, and other databases at right.For sample databases in each discipline, scroll down to the section on the right headed,AcademicDatabases by Discipline.
What research questions have you developed? Think about what sorts of publications the information you need might be published in.
Try Scribner Writers, Credo, or monographic biographies.
Search ProQuest Newspapers or choose magazines in Academic Search Complete
of an author? Search in MLA International Bibliography
Search for books in any of Colby's catalogs, expanding your search with subject linking. You can limit your search to e-books!
Investigate the notes and bibliographies of every good source you find for leads to more
Evaluate each source you find: who produced it? why? when? who published it?
Make sure to read the page on
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Use an asterisk to stand in for different word endings: femin* = feminist, feminism, etc.
Use quotation marks to "glue together" a phrase: "gender roles"
Use parentheses & OR to search synonyms: (refugee OR migrant)
REFINE YOUR SEARCH
Use the various limiting parameters in sidebars of databases to narrow your search appropriately
Skim the terminology in entries for new keywords and synonyms to use in repeating your search
EXPAND YOUR SEARCH
On the EBSCO platform, click on the Choose Databases link near the top of the screen to add another subject database to your field of search
Find a good book or article in a Keyword search? Look at its full record to see if there are Subject Terms. Click on these links to find other sources about that subject.