Choosing appropriate search terms is an important first step in the research process. Take a few moments to brainstorm a list of keywords that describe your topic. Think of similar words that express the same concepts, broader and narrower terms, and important contextual information.
If you were interested in a building or structure your list of keywords might include:
In addition to generating a list of keywords, take time to think about how those keywords are related. In general, knowing broader terms will help you find books, while narrower terms will be more useful for finding articles.
Search Strategies (Boolean Operators)
Words such as AND, OR, and NOT may be used to combine search terms to broaden or narrow a search.
AND will narrow your search; for example, Greek AND Roman AND architecture (must find all terms)
OR will broaden your search; for example, "post and lintel" OR trabeated (must find one of the terms)
NOT will exclude specific items, thereby narrowing your search slightly. For example, Windows NOT Microsoft (must find first term and not second term)
Other Search Tips:
Phrases: “Taj Mahal” (must find phrase in that order)
Synonyms/Similar Terms: drawing OR design OR drafting
Wildcards: Architect* will find architect, architects, architecture, etc.
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