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Film & Media Studies: Keyword Searching



  • To get a small group of relevant records.
  • To locate sources that will enhance your understanding and analysis of one or more aspects of your complex research question and topic statement.


  • Keyword (start with) vs. subject searching (end with for efficient and more relevant results)
  • Use keywords that describe what you are looking for.
  • Be specific.
  • Do multiple searches, using different combinations of keywords.
  • Synonyms are your friends; there are many ways to say the same thing.
  • Bibliographic records and reference books are good sources of keywords you haven't thought of.

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