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FYS: La Musica: Classical Music and the Self: Love, Conflict, and Spirituality: Search tips!

This LibGuide is designed as a research aid for students in the First Year Seminar Class: "La Musica: Classical Music and the Self: Love, Conflict, and Spirituality" taught by Lisa Brooks

Helpful search hints!

Don't forget --

  • Use KEYWORD searching initially to ID relevant records, for example:  shakespeare romeo criticism.


  • Use QUOTE MARKS around words that you wished to be grouped and searched in a particular order, for example:  "war requiem" or "black angels."


  • You can FOCUS YOUR TOPIC (or search) by adding terms that limit by: 

                     genre or form,

                     time period,

                      geographical location, or   

                     key terms or concepts

  • Use Library of Congress (LC) SUBJECT or DESCRIPTOR headings to find additional resources on the same or similar topics.
  • Use TRUNCATION (i.e., shortening a word to its root or base form using a designated symbol, such as ?, * !, $) for words that might:

*Have more than one significant form, e.g., shakespear? = finds shakespeare, shakespearean, shakespeares, shakespearian.

*Have alternative spellings (type as much as you KNOW is correct!)., e.g. theater or theatre

N.B. (Nota bene!), the truncation symbol in the Butler Classic Catalog is "?"  For MOST other databases, use the asterisk    " * " .  If that doesnt work, consult the "help" screen of the database!

Also, N.B., you do NOT have to capitalize proper nouns when searching for them in online databases.


Harp by Maurice. Used under (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)



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