Take your sample topic and brainstorm together different ways to search it
TIP: Keep it simple, or use Booleans to construct “AND” and “OR” searches
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Construct a few trial searches in Primo. Narrow down to just articles (peer reviewed if you choose!) and evaluate the results? How many relevant hits are you getting?
Select the Databases A-Z tab at the top of Primo. From the list open the Subject dropdown list and consider what subject areas might intersect well with your sample topic (ie "what kind of scholars are researching this topic?"
1. Both Apt Pupil and The Shining focus on families and imply questions of how children should be raised. After a careful analysis of the family dynamic in either or both these works, do some research on child rearing practices.
2. "Imaginary friends" - also called "imaginary companions" are common with children. What do psychologists think about these "friends." - why do children create them and what do they have to do with a child's development?
3. "What was the Donner party," asks Danny. What was it? Where is it referred to in the novel? How do these allusions enhance the mood of the novel?
1. Child rearing and family dynamic
Search in Sociology Database
2. Imaginary friend/companion and development
Search in Psyc-Info
3. Masque of the Red Death
Search in MLA International Bibliography
4. Algernon Blackwood
Search in JSTOR
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