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Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question

Starting Reaserch Question:

The theme of repression in Hedda Gabler

 Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:

 The theme of repression in Hedda Gabler.

Good Initial Search Terms: (Think of synonyms)

     repression, "Hedda Gabler"


Step 2: Get Background Information


  • 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

Subject Specific Encyclopedias

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

Periodicals by Title

  • Periodical Search
    A link that allows you to browse or search for periodicals by name and can be used to determine if a journal is peer-reviewed.

Step 3: Brainstorm Synonyms

Build a list of keyword synonyms and concepts

"Hedda Gabler"
repression conscription oppression control restraint

Then mix and match search terms!

e.g. "Hedda Gabler" + restraint

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