Skip to Main Content

ENC1102 - Fox - Plant City Campus

Developing Search Terms

Search Terms

Develop keyword search terms based on your topic assigned.  For example, you need to find resources on the literary device of irony used by the author Guy de Maupassant in the short story "The Necklace".  Below is an example of how to enter the keywords in the search box:

Database Help

Some of the literature databases will also have search tips.  Gale Literature Criticism has a Search Tip section describing in more detail about:

  • Boolean Operators
  • Special Characters
    • Quotation Marks
    • Wildcards

More Search Term Ideas

Here are some more samples of the types of search terms you want to use when you are using the HCC Libraries searching for literary resources.

  • symbolism AND literature
  • imagery AND Hemingway
  • realism AND "gothic literature"