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GASP 190 (Alvarado): Search Strategies - Reflection

Theories of Expressive Culture


1. Am I in a suitable search tool

  • Does this database index (point to) journals that have content on this subject?

2. What keywords will capture this subject? 

  • What terms are scholars using? 
  • Are there subject headings I can use?
  • In what other ways can this concept be represented? Are there related terms?
  • Is there a specific artist, film, or event I can use to "enter" the topic?

3. Can I leverage database functionality?

  • Can I use database options to filter content? e.g. to peer-reviewed journal articles.
  • Can I use database options to narrow or broaden my search?
  • Can I successfully use field searching in a database?

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