Research Methods: Handouts

For guidance on using Booleans (AND, OR, NOT), truncation (*), etc., see the excellent "Database Search Tips" from MIT Libraries.

Research Methods: A Selection

A selection of the major actions that researchers take when exploring a topic. We'll be discussing these on September 6th, in reference to the topics "P.B. Shelley and politics" and "British Colonialism in the Romantic Era."

  • Frame a question
  • Consult a reference work
  • Browse stacks
  • Browse an online collection
  • Browse top journals
  • Trace citations backward
  • Trace citations forward
  • Talk to a person
  • Explore subject headings
  • Search a full-text resource
  • Search an index or catalog