Find information effectively and efficiently with these strategies: all work in Tripod, and most work in search engines and databases as well.
Use this strategy when researching concepts that are phrases (e.g. Manifest Destiny or French Revolution), or when searching for a specific book or article (i.e. where you already know the exact title - e.g. Peasants Into Frenchmen).
Save time by searching for multiple synonyms at once. This is sometimes called "nested searching" or "set searching."
Truncation and Wildcards:
Most catalogs and databases enable users to search variations of keywords by using truncation (*) or wildcard (e.g., ?, $, !) symbols. Consider using wildcard searching when there are multiple spellings of a word (e.g. globalization and the British spelling globalisation).
Putting it all together:
Try combining these search strategies to improve your search results.
Example: "French Revolution" AND (physician* OR doctor*) AND (wom?n OR female)
This Research Guide will point you to databases, books, primary sources, and other resources that may be useful for your project.
As a librarian with decades of experience with the research paper process I would be glad to help you navigate resources within and outside the library perimeters. Contact me to schedule an office visit or send questions via email (pharris1).
Here are some of the things with which I can help (other Swarthmore librarians can as well):