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    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!

     General Encyclopedias

     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

    Extensive;scholarly - Gain a more in-depth understanding of your topic


    Step 3: Gather More Search Terms

    Build a list of keywords and synonyms


     Woman • Female • Miko Priestess Jinja Maiden
    Roles • Relations • Social Position • Social Condition • Treatment
    Shinto • Shintoism • Shamanism
    Japan  Japanese Nippon

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