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PHIL 450: Senior Directed Study

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Luke Meagher

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today."

Malcolm X

Sandor Teszler Library
Room 214
(864) 597 - 4327


9/7/2022 2:00PM


  1. Share your questions via post-it notes
  2. Think and write
  3. Research tips
  4. Finding books and articles on your topic
  5. Think and write

Think and write #1

Take a moment to reflect on your topic. Write a sentence or two in response to the following questions:

  • Why did you choose this topic?
  • How familiar are you with your topic?
  • What kind of source would help you learn more about your topic?

Research Tips

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" OR "One good source leads to another"- "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

Getting started