Come to a Search-Word Party!

Where & Who:
The Subject-specific databases are where scholars gather and chat about their research.

Your calling cards to join the party:

in your syllabus, course reserves, etc.

First Group of Search Words:

*People: an artist, a (literary) writer, an architect, an art historian/critic, a filmmaker/director, authors of books/articles, etc.

*Objects: buildings, works of art, movies, novels, titles of books/articles, etc.

Second Group of Search Words:

*Theoretical approaches /Theme/Genre/Style/Case Studies: post-colonialism, road films, video art, magic realism, Gothic architecture,  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as a case study in discussing a current art museum issue, etc.

*Time/Cultural/Geographical locations, when applicable: medieval Spain, etc.

**A logical combination of any of the above elements to state their connections and contextualize your search. (Simple Tricks; Magic Results)

The Dinner Party Game:

*Use the above search words  for your initial searches in the databases.

*You will learn, through search results, scholarly discussions on your potential topic (imagine yourself listening in on the dinner party conversations among scholars in your field.).

*A search simply by names of people or titles focuses on an essential element in a topic, while opens to all possible perspectives and approaches towards a subject. From the breadth of such search results, you have the flexibility in pursuing any narrower focus that interests you.

**The dinner party image is from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology (FCIT) at USF. (

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