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- HIST 6306
- Introduction to the Digital Humanities: Disease and Epidemics in World History
- Dr. Bianca Lopez
- Fall 2022
Gather Background Information
Gathering Background Information
As you get started, you can get ideas from class discussions or readings.
If it is a topic you are just getting started with, look for background Information in reference resources.
Reference resources allow you to:
- Gain familiarity with the topic
- Identify more specific aspects of the topic on which to focus
- Provide context and identify differing perspectives
- Identify experts related to the topic
Once you have identified a topic, select the terms and phrases that are essential to understanding the topic.
- How should you search?
- Where (what databases) should you search?
- What search terms should you use? Does your assignment give you any search terms?
- Should you use Natural language search (using key words), or Controlled Vocabulary search (using subject term search)?
- Will Boolean search (AND, OR, NOT) help?
- Will limiting by date or place of publication help?
- If you are using a database heavily:
- 1. use advanced search
- 2. and look in help for suggestions on how to construct your search