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English and Literature: Search Strategies

Search Strategies in Library Catalogs

Below are some sample search strategies by Author, Title, Subject Heading, and Keyword.

Searching by Author:

When searching by author, type the last name first, then the first name, then the middle initial

SAMPLE AUTHOR SEARCHES:

vonnegut kurt                         
woolf virginia  
tolkien j  

Searching by Title:

SAMPLE TITLE SEARCHES:

slaughterhouse five

                        
flush a biography  
the lord of the rings  

Searching by Subject Heading:

SAMPLE SUBJECT HEADING SEARCHES:

woolf virginia

woolf virginia 1882 1941 criticism and interpretation
woolf virginia 1882 1941 characters
  women and literature history 20th century
  feminism and literature
  english fiction 20th century history and criticism

Searching by Keyword:

SAMPLE KEYWORD SEARCHES:

woolf and critic*

   
tolkien and rings and critic*  
vonnegut and slaughterhouse and postmodern*  

Search Strategies in Databases

Below are some sample search strategies by Keyword in databases.

Searching by Keyword:

SAMPLE KEYWORD SEARCHES:

woolf AND critic*

   
tolkien AND rings AND critic*  
vonnegut AND slaughterhouse AND postmodern*