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WELCOME!  This LibGuide has been created to help you understand how to conduct research for papers required in Literature in Translation Classes within World Literature.

On these pages, you will learn how to decide what speaks to you about your text, how to create meaningful search terms that follow your interests, and finally, how to find and get secondary literature pertaining to your topic.

This page is created first and foremost with the student researching within the class: Lit Trans / German 236 - From Gutenberg to the iPad, but the suggestions are not solely for those students.  If you are not taking a different course, you will find the information valid, but the examples may be slightly different than the ones given below.  

Combine Search Terms

First you need a Primary Search Term
What is most significant in your work? What speaks to you most?  Why do you like the work the most?
Romanticism, Welfare, Society, Equality

Next you need a Second Search Term

What is special about the primary search term in the work?
Is it just Romanticism? Welfare? Society? Equality?
How does it compare to other places, times?
19th century; Norway; Latin America; Norway vs. India, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, etc.
This will be the way you find more specific articles.
Start vague and then get more specific
Start off with “Feminism AND Norway,” THEN “Second-Wave Feminism AND Norway” NOT “Second Wave Feminism AND Norwegian Author Gerd Brantenberg” – That may come later, but probably not.
You may want to change possible secondary search terms to ones that are synonyms or very nearly synonyms.
First try “Scandinavia AND Feminism AND Equality,” then “Scandinavia AND Gender Equality,” then “Scandinavia AND Equality.”
You may also want to change possible secondary search term to ones that vary in specificity.
First try “Feminism AND Norway,” then “Feminism AND Northern Europe,” then “Feminism AND Scandinavia.”


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