Skip to main content

Research Guides@Tufts

English 2: Other Worlds: Get Started

Encyclopedias

Research Paper Navigator

Research Paper Navigator

Use for help with

  • time management
  • library research
  • writing your paper
  • citing sources
Also has subject guides with suggested databases.

Keyword Searching

Keyword Search Rules for the Library Catalog and Databases

Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)

  • Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.
    Example: governess and Victorian
  • Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.
    Example:

    mental illness or hysteria or neurasthenia or psychological

  • Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

Additional Search Tips

  • "Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks" " to search for a particular phrase.
    Example: "William Mumler"
  • Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.
    Example: governess*(searches governess and governesses)
  • (Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.
    Example: "William James" and (supernatural or psychical)

See the Basic Search Tips guides for more information, including examples. 

First Year Education Librarian

Erica Schattle
Contact:
Interim Team Lead for Sciences, Social Sciences & Engineering
Tisch Library