Before you begin your search, compile a list of potential search terms (keywords) related to your topic.
These search terms may come from your class readings, topic lists, or other sources that discuss the subject your are researching. For example:
historians such as George Mosse or Ian Kershaw
schools of historiography such as: The Annales School, cultural history or psychohistory
time periods such as: American Civil War, French Revolution, The Second Great Awakening
works such as: Magna Carta or Magna Carta Libertatum
other history terms such as: revisionism, histoire des mentalités
Using Boolean Operators
Keywords can be combined with other keywords using the AND operator to narrow your topic. For example:
California AND Gold Rush
Hollywood AND McCarthyism
immigration AND "Chinese Exclusion Act" AND San Francisco
Keywords can be combined with synonyms using OR to broaden your search. For example:
Los Angeles OR "City of Angels"
California OR "bear republic"
Search Tips - Truncation & Wildcards
Truncation, also called stemming, is a technique that broadens your search to include various word endings and spellings.
To use truncation, enter the root of a word and put the truncation symbol at the end.
The database will return results that include any ending of that root word.