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GERM 043: Witches in History, Literature, & Film

Research strategies and resources.

Library Session Outline

Information for the library instruction session on Thursday, April 16, 2:00-3:15 p.m. (EST).

Presentation Slides

Research Notes worksheet

From Topic to Search

1. What is your research question?

  • Phrase your topic as a question.

  • Make your question specific.

  • Example: How does the portrayal of the evil stepmother in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs work as a symbol of female power?

2. Find background information about or context for your research question.

3. Decide on a keyword strategy for searching.

  • List nouns, synonyms or related terms, and phrases that describe your topic

  • Example terms list: stepmothers, mother - daughter relationships, fairy tales, symbolism, feminitiy

  • Example search: (fairly tales or folk tales) and stepmothers and feminity

    • More terms = more specific, fewer results

    • Fewer terms = more general, more results

4. Find books and articles.

5. At any stage, Ask Us or make a Research Consultation appointment.

Background Information & Encyclopedias

Articles

Citation and Organization

Organizing your work will help your writing process and help you create a successful research project.

  • How much time do you have? Use this Assignment Calcuator to stay on track to complete your project on time.
  • What style manual do you need to follow? Check with your instructor. Common citation styles are APA, MLA, Turabian, and Chicago. Quick explanations are on the Citations Tools page.
  • How will you save your citations? Use the "cite" feature available in several databases, such as JSTOR, to capture the citation information. Be sure to copy the stable URL. 

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