Boil your topic down to the most important words. Ignore superfluous words like in, the, of, with, against, affect, impact. Begin with a keyword search--Select a Field (optional).
Put each "different piece" of your topic in a separate search box, if available. Using the topic of experimentation with prisoners or detainees as an example below, note how each different piece of the topic is entered on a separate line. Synonyms for the pieces are connected by OR--and kept on the same line--as seen below...
Too many results? Focus your search by searching for your keywords in the ABSTRACT field or the TITLE field. Click on the Select a Field (optional) pull down bar to select the abstract or title field. Or...add another concept--perhaps, in this case, look at a particular character in The Dead, or characterization, symbolism, or point of view.
Increase your results by removing the least important "piece" of your search while still retaining the "essence" of your search. Try searching the work and the author as a subject.
Still no results? Try a different database.
When reviewing your results, look for relevant "subject" or "descriptor" words. Find subject terms either on the results page, or at the end of individual records. Write down relevant subject terms that you find.
Go back to the search screen and using the subject terms you discovered, search your subject terms in the subject or descriptor field. Subject terms are gold threads--they will almost always lead you to the most relevant results.
Be sure to take advantage of boolean operators, exact phrase searches, and field searches. Document below offers more details.
When you find an article you want, choose PDF full-text or HTML full-text links. Or...use the link to find full-text.
No full-text? Use the ILLiad link to receive a copy of the article or book from another library.