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1. Identify Keywords that Define your Research
Keywords are terms considered to be “key” to finding information. You might find them useful for your catalog
and database searches. Some examples:
Keywords in different languages . Latin America, América Latina…
Synonyms . Latinos,
Related keywords . Globalization,
economic integration, migration, diaspora.
2. Find Appropiate Databases
Click on the " Find Articles" tab above to find core databases and other useful databases for your search.
3. Have you Found Too Many Resources?
Narrow down your search by using:
Subject searches and subject headings for a
more controlled search.
Boolean operators (AND,
Limits (by date,
language, format, specific field, electronic full-text availability…)
4. Do you Need Additional Resources?
Expand Your Search by Using:
Keyword in different languages, synonyms, an related keywords.
A symbol at the end of a word to retrieve variants
of that word. For example: searching for hispan* would find
"hispan o", "hispan ic", “hispan ism".
A symbol Wildcards. to be embedded
within a word to replace a single character or a string of characters. For
example: searching for wom?n will find
“wom an” and “wom en”.
Tips for the Search, Evaluation, and Writing Process