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OBJECTIVES & STRATEGIES
- 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 though of.
KEYWORDS CAN BE...
- Names and other proper nouns
- Geographic regions
- Historical periods
- Specific policies
- Specific legislation or laws
- Types of information (e.g., oral history, statistics)
- Anything and more
- THINK CREATIVELY
General keywords that can be used in combination with more specific keywords related to many topics.
- SOURCES (the Library of Congress subject heading for primary sources)
- public polic*
- gender, women, feminis*
- legal, laws, or legislation
- case studies
Forms and strategies of resistance by women prisoners?
- activism of women prisoners
- women inmates
- women prison* AND united states AND resist*
- women prison* AND united states AND activi*
- women prison* AND united states AND protest*
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