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Literature Review Example
Gilfoyle, Timothy J. "White Cities, Linguistic Turns, and Disneylands: The New Paradigms of Urban History." Reviews in American History 26, no. 1 (1998): 175-204. http://www.jstor.org/stable/30030879.
Database Searching Tips & Tricks
Look to your thesis statement or research question for keywords and/or phrases that express your idea.
Two ways to approach researching your topic: Broad vs. Narrow
· Choose general but relevant search terms
· Think about related terms or synonyms
· Begin with one or two search terms
· Explore topics or subject terms
assigned by a database
reform = Broad
“labor reform” = Narrow
· Add additional keywords
· Choose narrower, more specific search terms
· Search for phrases by using “quotes”
· Use Filters: select item types, publication dates, etc.
Broad = “industrial accidents”
Narrow = “triangle shirtwaist factory fire”
Boolean Operators aka Connectors
Most library catalogs and databases use Boolean operators (AND, OR, and NOT) for searching.
Use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase:
Use parentheses to put search words into sets. Use nesting with AND, OR, and NOT:
reform AND (labor OR housing)
Broaden your search. Enter the root word then add an * to get variant word endings and spellings:
reform* = reform, reforms, reformed, reformers, etc.