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FYS: Designing Women (2020)

A guide for students in professor Hendricks's FYS.

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:

  • Subject terms in OneSearch and other databases.
  • related terms (domestic space - household)
  • synonyms (woman - female)

No results? Search more broadly: 

Try your search using fewer terms, or change to broader terms: for example, use the term buildings (broad), instead of just skyscrapers (narrow).

Too many results? Narrow down by adding something:

Try combining  search words, using "and" in between: form and function

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.