The three most important things to consider as you start a research project:
1. What does the assignment ask you to do?
2. What do you want to find out?
3. What do you already know, and what do you need to learn?
From the basic reading you've done so far, create a small list of keywords, or search terms, that you'd like to use to continue your search. You can use them with these tools.
AND, NOT (in capital letters)
AND = A + B
NOT = A - B.
If you were looking for information about coloratura, but only coloratura in the context of Verdi's operas, you could try: Coloratura AND opera AND Verdi
If you were looking for information about coloratura, but did not want to include information about coloratura in Verdi operas, you could try this: Coloratura NOT Verdi
* [shift +8] at the end of a word or word fragment, for all possible endings
Music* = music, musical, musician, musicians, musicality, musicals,...
Things to keep in mind when doing searches:
Varied spelling; translations and translated terms; using limits (usually found on the left of your search results); keeping track of what you're searching to avoid duplication
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Here's some information about some resources you may not have a lot of experience with:
Encyclopedias / Encyclopedic Dictionaries
Great place to get started with basic information on a research topic. Use the bibliographies of each entry to move you further!
Articles are in Journals, Journals are found in Databases.
Articles = very specific research on a topic
Journals = contain a broad spectrum of articles within a research area
Databases = websites that hold a variety of journals on the same subject
Like a book, but online! Ebooks found in our collection are of the same quality as those found on the shelves.
Tools like Mendeley, Zotero, and Readcube can help you in managing the many sources you'll be working with. Here's a guide on reference managers, and if you want more training on using one, or simply want to talk about why you would use one, please make an appointment with me!