1. Identify Keywords
|Uniform Title:||Wo de di wang sheng ya. English|
|Title:||My life as emperor|
|Title:||Da hong deng long gao gao gua [videorecording] = Raise the red lantern|
2. Identify Concept or time: different ideas which make up search topic
e.g. man-women relationships, urban culture, realism, print culture, women writers, avant-garde, experimentation, postmodern,contemporary, etc.
3. Use controlled words, subject terms: Use words and phrases in suggested reference or links indexed by the online search application.
e.g. Chinese literature -- 20th century -- History and Criticism.
Mo, Yan, 1955- (Author search)
4. Connect words and concepts: use logical (Boolean) operators (OR, AND, NOT) or use advanced search option
5. Follow the citations and reference bibliography from one source to another
Search for authors, titles, or subjects:
Wang, Meng (ther are more than one Wang, Meng in the catalog. Which one is the correct author? You can check for each entry, or eliminate the impossible one from the date of birth.)
Mo Yan => Mo, Yan, 1955- (2012 Nobel Prize: Literature)
Pai Hsien-yung => Bai, Xianyong, 1937-
Request Materials (articles and books)
Identify Keywords: Before searching the Library Catalog or other databases, take a few minutes to write down all the words that describe your topic. Use these words in keyword searches. For more help with search strategies, follow the links immediately below.
Follow the Bibliographic Trail: An effective method for gathering reliable information is to follow the citations or references from one source to another. Just as internet links take you to other pages or sources recommended by a site's webmaster, the author of a book or article provides a series of notes or references in a bibliography. These references typically lead to other useful sources on the topic.
Use Worldcat to search the library cataolgs of other universities; then request to borrow books through KU Interlibrary Loan services.