Generating Key Words
Create a list of key words from different categories, and try different key words in your searches:
Who, what, where, when....topics, names and places are all good key words, so are titles, events or historical periods, genres/styles/other categories, expert terms.
Add to your list by reading more about your topic, and by looking for:
No results? Search more broadly:
Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term songs (broad), instead of just muder ballads (narrow).
Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:
Try adding words from the categories mentioned above: who, what, where, etc.
Try combining search words, using "and" in between: music and culture
Use the * (asterisk) wildcard, to search several terms at once.
music* for music, musical, musician, musicians… etc.
Use quotation marks to enclose a phrase:
How To Search
AND, OR, & NOT (also known as "Boolean operators") help you combine search words, to find what you are looking for. Watch this video to find out how it works:
Adapted from the materials created by The University of Auckland Library, NZ. This video is covered by a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-ShareAlike license.