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- Research tips
- Finding (mostly electronic) books and articles on your topic
Macro Research Tips:
"Iterate" - "perform
or utter repeatedly." Modify and repeat searches until you find what you want. Determine optimal search settings.
"Terminology" - Determine if there is specialized terminology or vocabulary for your topic. What's the "insider language"? Consider potential variations on the terms you use to search; think about synonyms.
"Like begets like" - "Mine" citations: a work on your topic may cite other works on your topic.
Micro Research Tips a.k.a search mechanics:
Group search strings with quotation marks. It's possible to use multiple groups.
- "Two words" "Three word concept" "FirstName LastName"
Use filters and linkages to narrow or focus results
- Date ranges, indexed subjects
Search inside an electronic source
- Use "Control+F" or "Command+F" or a "search within source" function
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
"SEP was designed so that each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and substantive updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public."
Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture
This online collection contains over 1100 downloadable essays taken from the Cambridge Companions to Philosophy, Religion and Culture (more than 100 volumes).