Once you've narrowed your topic and thought about keywords, try searching the databases below for potential sources you can use for your paper. Try to find sources that provide evidence to support your thesis. If your keywords aren't working, ask a librarian for help!
Use AND between two or more terms to find materials with all the terms.
Beethoven AND symphonies
Use OR between similar terms or synonyms to search for either term.
rap OR hip=hop
choir OR chorus
symphony OR orchestra
Use quotation marks around phrases (two or more words); this tells the database to look for the words in that specific order.
"civil war" AND music
“rock music” OR “punk music”
Use an asterisk to find multiple endings of one word.
music* = music, musical, musicals, musician, musicians
The following databases are the best place to start.
Use the search box below to search for books at the SCC Library.
For ebooks, use the databases below.
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