– You know the subject but not the topic. Do a broad search for entries about your subject ↓
– Once you know your topic, keep an eye out for keywords/phrases/works of art/critics/etc/ that will aid you in further research ↓
– Now that you have your subject & topic, go back to the Advanced Search page to see what else you can find. Depending on your research results, click either Full article text (more results but often less relevant; though, it could produce interesting tangents to explore) or Entry title (less results but often more relevant, which helps if exploring a well-known topic) ↓
– If you’re still getting too many hits, refine by category and/or display results ↓
– Start reading!
– Searching the research databases uses much of the same rationale in terms of forming a search strategy.
JSTOR EXAMPLE ↓
– You can also use the detailed record to find keywords/phrases/people/etc. ↓