Try a search in a database that looks interesting and record what you were able to find on the spreadsheet.
What to include:
(We'll go through these step by step.)
Join together search terms in a logical manner.
AND - narrows searches, used to join dissimilar terms
OR - broadens searches, used to join similar terms
"magical realism" AND gender
womanhood OR femininity
women OR females
Before you search, pull out some relevant terms to start with in the databases. For example:
What is the significance of the sibling relationships depicted in The House on Mango Street?
significance -- meaning OR context OR symbolism
sibling relationships -- sisters OR brothers OR siblings OR names of siblings, etc.
To search for specific phrases, enclose them in quotation marks. The database will search for those words together in that order.
Truncate a word in order to search for different forms of the same word. Many database use the asterisk * as the truncation symbol.
Truncate the word education educat* to search for educate, educates, education, educational etc.
Add the truncation symbol to the word cultur* to search for culture, cultures, cultural, etc.