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Before you start searching for books, articles or web pages, you need to choose keywords that represent your research topic.
Keywords are significant words (usually nouns or noun phrases) which can be used as search terms in online catalogs or databases. They can appear in the title, subject headings, abstract, or text of records. A keyword search typically searches all or most of these fields.
Contemporary colored print featuring USS Olympia
in the left foreground, leading the U.S. Asiatic Squadron.
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Enter the basic ideas/keywords of your topic in the search box. The computer searches for books with those keywords in the title, subjects, and descriptions of the books.
Subject searching is more "powerful" than keyword searching - it uses a specific vocabulary to find books in the catalog. To find a good subject, look at the display page of a book you already like. Click on that subject link to run a search.
Think about related terms such as: imperialism with Spanish-American War research.
- Gilded Age (U.S. history, 1865-1877)
- United States -- History -- 1865-1898
- United States -- Social life and customs -- 1865-1918
- Women - United States -- History -- 19th century
- United States -- Social life and customs -- 1865-1900
- United States -- Emigration and immigration -- 19th century
Narrow keywords to use in searching for information
- Robber Barons
- Standard Oil
- Interstate Commerce Act
- Wounded Knee
- McKinley, William
- Labor Unions
- Populist Party
- Farmers' Protest Movements
- Chinese Exclusion Act
- Jacob Riis
- Sherman Antitrust Act
- Spanish American War 1898