English 004 (Langdon): Girl, Woman and Other: Search Terms

This library research guide will lead to students to research materials to write their literary criticism to the Booker Prize winning novel, Girl Woman and Other by Bernardine Evaristo

LCSH History

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Below are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings you may want to use.

 

Blacks

Black People

Africans

Black British

African Americans*

Lesbians

LGBT

Gender Identity 

Identity (Psychology)

Transgenderism

Gender-nonconforming People

 

Racism

Race Discrimination

Prejudices

Sexism

Classism

Ageism

Heterosexism

 

Race Relations

Ethnic Relations

Cultural Relations

Racial minorities

Racial Awareness

Racially Mixed People

Race Identity

Sexual Minorities

 

 

 

Postcolonialism

Colonization

Postcolonial Analysis

Postcolonialism in Literature

Decolonization

Postcolonialism and the Arts

 

Great Britain

United Kingdom

London

United States

Africa

Caribbean

 

 

 

Social Advocacy

 

Civil Rights Movements

 

Protest Movements

 

Social Movements

 

Peace Movements

 

Immigration

Immigrants

Immigration and Emigration

 

 

 

Literary Criticism

New Criticism

Formalism (Literary Analysis)

Literary Criticism--Theory

 

 

Evaristo, Bernardine

 

Biography

 

Biographies of Authors

 

Women Authors--Biography

 

Historical Criticism (Literature)

Literature & History

Psychological Criticism

Mythology

Allusions

Archetypes

 

 

 

Social Theory

Sociology

Marxist Criticism

Critical Race Theory

 

Feminist Literary Criticism

Feminism

Black Feminism

Gender Differences in Literature

LGBT Literature

LGBTQ+ Literature

LGBTQ+ Literature--History and Criticism

Gay Literature

Queer Theory

Lesbian Feminist Theory

Poststructuralism

Deconstruction

Structuralism

 

Intersectionality

Categorization (Psychology)

Identity (Philosophical Concept)

 

 

 

       

 

Keywords

While not official subject headings, these keywords can be very fruitful for your research. Try to also think of other terms such as these. Keyword searches look at all the information in the book or article record including title, author, abstract, table of contents, etc. It always helps to think of synonyms, as the way one person would describe something is not the same way another would.

African Diaspora

Nonbinary Persons

What "Search Terms" to Use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Literary Criticism AND Biographical

What "search terms" to use?

Using the correct words to search will help you find relevant information. Different authors and search tools use different words to describe the same concepts, so it is useful to have a list of similar and related terms in your arsenal when you set out to search for relevant information. The process of creating these alternative terms is called brainstorming terms or concept mapping.

EXAMPLE

Sex Differences AND Communication


If for some reason, you are getting results you do NOT want (say for example you want to find only articles on communication in opposite sex marriages) try a NOT search.  Librarians caution that NOT searches often also weed out articles that may have been relevant for you.  So only perform such searches if you have LOTS of results (say over ten that are in full text format):

EXAMPLE

Marriage NOT Same Sex