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GPS 210: Global Perspectives in Literature - Mitchell: Research Planning

Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:

How does Euripides' Medea address gender roles in 5th century Greece?

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:

  How does Euripides' Medea address gender roles in 5th century Greece?

Good Initial Search Terms: (Think of synonyms)

     Euripides, Medea, "gender roles", "5th century", Greece

Step 2: Get Background Information

Encyclopedias

  • Overview   -   Gain a broad understanding of your topic
  • Definitions - Be an informed reader
  • Notable Names - Know the major players
  • Dates & Events - Contextualize your topic
  • Bibliographies - Fish those citations!

 General Encyclopedias

  •  "FETCH!" Research Starters: Medea


Subject Specific Encyclopedias

  • Extensive sometimes considered scholarly - Gain a more in-depth understanding of your topic

Step 3: Brainstorm Synonyms

Build a list of keyword synonyms and concepts

Medea
+
Euripides
+
gender roles • sex roles • women's roles • female roles
+
5th century ancient
+
Greece

Then mix and match search terms!


e.g. Medea + Euripides + women's roles + ancient + Greece