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Research Guides@Tufts

Decolonizing the White Cube

Planning your research

Developing keywords based on your theme

  • Keywords are the important nouns from your topic
  • Tip: You will find more (and sometimes better) keywords as you search by scanning titles and abstracts of the articles you find. Adjust your search accordingly!

Main keyword

Other keywords (synonyms)


art galleries

art museums


First Nations

Native Americans

Combine your keywords in a meaningful way

  • Use the word "OR" to combine all synonyms and use the word "AND" to narrow your search. After combining all of your keywords, your search strategy will look something like this:

museums or art galleries or art museums AND Indigenous or First Nations or Native Americans

  • Tip: Put quotation marks around phrases allows the database to search it as a single phrase.