It is worth keeping a good record of the searching that you do and the results that you find when using online resources.
You will find that many of the databases you use (such as the MLA Bibliography and LION) will let you save searches and email results to yourself. Check the help section of any resource you use to see what might be possible.
Make a list of key words and concepts
Write a list of search terms, using extended and refined terms and apply these to each resource
Remember to use synonyms e.g. “literary criticism” and “literary theory”
Use Boolean search terms (AND, OR, NOT) to refine your search e.g. “literary theory AND criticism”
Write a list of possible resources and search them systematically
Make a note of the search terms used to find relevant results
Before you use any information online it is important to evaluate it to determine its validity. We have created a guide to spotting fake or erroneous information which you can find on our Fake News LibGuide
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