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Spark 1 (Moyes)

Spark Seminar: Archaeology in Popular Culture

Smart Searching - Tips & Tricks from UH West Oahu


Brainstorming Keywords

Not all authors use the same language to describe similar topics, so you will need to try a variety of searches in databases.

  • Identify the key concepts of your topic.
  • Next, create a list of synonyms or related words for each concept. Think of words that would actually appear in a book or article.
  • Stick to using 2-4 keywords at a time when searching.

Example: What are the interpretations of paleolithic art?

  • interpretations --> criticism, history, meaning, etc.
  • "paleolithic art" --> "cave paintings", "cave art" , "rock art", etc.

Indiana Jones...

Is Indiana Jones and archaeologist or an antiquarian?  Or both?

Some of the factors that you might want to consider are:

  • What is the difference between an antiquarian and a modern archaeologist?
  • What are the stereotypes about archaeologists? Are they true?
  • What kinds of things does Jones do in the film? What doesn’t he do? What does he believe in?

Indiana Jones: Brainstorming Search Terms

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