Step 1: Search Terms from Research Question
Starting Reaserch Question:
What were gender relations like in Ancient Japan, specifically pertaining to Shintoism?
Find important words, and refine ambiguous terms:
What were gender relations like in Ancient Japan specifically pertaining to Shintoism?
(clarify or expand: Gender Relations)
Good Initial Search Terms:
Gender Relations/Gender Roles, Women, Ancient Japan/Japan, Shintoism
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!
Use Fetch to find online encyclopedia entries aka Research Starters for your search terms: Shinto
- Wikipedia: Shinto (Remember, use only for preliminary research and information from appropriate references)
Subject Specific Encyclopedias
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Step 3: Gather More Search Terms
Build a list of keywords and synonyms