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Using keywords to get started
"Search Terms" are keywords and phrases that describe your topic.
Try a word or phrase for your field or specialty, plus one of the following terms:
- "war of the worlds" wells
- Title of the work in "quotation marks" followed by author's last name.
- Enclosing words that go together in quotation marks helps with phrase searching.
- "war of the worlds" and wells and imperial*
- Title of the work plus author's last name and topic keyword
- The keyword truncated by the asterisk* picks up all forms of the word (imperialist, imperialism).
- "british imperialism"
- Topical keywords only.
- Picks up material about the topic in general, not necessarily connected with a particular author or literary work.
- wells, h.g.
- Author's last name followed by a comma, and first name.
- Lastname, Firstname search picks up material about the author's life and works in general.
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Using PRIMO to find literary criticism
How to Use Literature Databases (9:09)
This video shows how to find literary research articles in Primo. Also demonstrates Bloom's Literature and Gale Literature databases. Courtesy of Plant City Library.
Literary criticism articles are scholarly