English 004 (Adams): Third Essay: Search Strategies

Play/Analysis Research (Doubt AND Fences)

Topic Worksheet


Topic Worksheet

Subject Headings


Subject Headings

Some suggestions related to your paper. 

Library of Congress Subject Headings Books

These are the official Library of Congress Subject Headings that you can use for many of your searches in our databases. You would find subject headings such as these by browsing through the Library of Congress Subject Headings books or browsing the "Catalog Record" of every title found in our Library Catalog  (Ontology is the subject term for "Being in the Present," for example).  



Wilson, August

Wilson, August -- Criticism and interpretation

African Americans in literature

African Americans -- History -- 20th century -- Drama


Shanley, John Patrick

Shanley, John Patrick – Criticism and interpretation

Doubt (Play)

Nuns -- Drama
Clergy -- Drama
Catholics -- Drama
Child sexual abuse -- Drama
Child sexual abuse




Boolean Operators


Search with AND, OR, NOT


Searching tricks


Searching term tricks

*   Expand the word you are searching to include plurals.

etc.: catholic* gives you catholic, catholicism

"quotes"   Use for phrases: "Pittsburgh Cycle"

OR   Use for either or searching: Blacks OR African Americans

And   Use to combine terms you want to have: church AND abuse

Not   Use when you want to eliminate a word from your search (Warning: if you cut a word and it is in an article with words you want, you won't see that article!)