Francophone Culture Through Detective Novels

Course #: FR438

Choosing keywords

  • Formulate a research question in order to focus your ideas about the topic. Please see our video tutorial on developing an effective research question
  • Write down the different concepts used in this question (“francophone” AND “detective novels” AND “colonization”)
  • For each concept, think of similar terms that you might also use (“detective novels” OR “detective fiction”)
  • TIP: Find additional clues for terms in the titles and abstracts of articles
  • Locating the right combination of keywords takes time. You will need to go back and forth, revising the terms as you examine your search results
  • View our video tutorial on using keywords effectively

Finding articles

Using Google Scholar to find Laurier Library articles

To make the most effective use of Google Scholar:

  • Click on the wheel icon (settings); click on “Scholar Preferences” and scroll down to “Library Links.” Type the word “Laurier”; check the link to Wilfrid Laurier University and save preferences
  • Look for the “Get it @ Laurier” link beside articles that the library owns
  • Use the advanced search option for more targeted searching
  • If you find too many irrelevant resources, change the dropdown option from search “anywhere in the article” to search “in the title of the article”
  • If the article is not free, click on the link to other versions of it (just below the description of the article). One of the versions may be freely available
  • To find key authors on your topic check the “cited by” link
  • If the article is dated, click on the “cited by” link for more recent articles on the same topic

Too many search results?

  • If you get too many search results, use narrower search terms (e.g. “twitter” instead of “online social networks”)
  • Try adding more concepts to your search (“twitter” AND “youth”). Adding more terms that are linked by “AND” will decrease your number of search results

Too few search results?

  • Think in terms of broader categories (“online social networks” rather than “twitter”)
  • Add alternate terms for each concept (“online social networks” OR “social media”). Adding more terms that are linked by “OR” will increase your number of search results
  • TIP: Look at the bibliographies of the most pertinent books and articles on your topic. One author can lead you to others in the field

Creating a bibliography

Getting help with writing the paper

Need help?

  • Don’t hesitate to contact me (Pauline Dewan); I am here to help you. For additional information, see my contact page
  • Email me at pdewan@wlu.ca
  • Call me at 519 756-8228 ext. 5529
  • Instant message a Laurier librarian for help by clicking on “Ask Us” (from the homepage of the Laurier Library)

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