Last year I developed two broad research topics from the idea of cosplay (costume play). Let’s use another costume-related topic to explore how searching is strategic (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2015).
As I mentioned in my 10/10/2013 post, I sometimes turn to thrift stores for costume pieces. What studies have been conducted about such places? Such stores go by many names. We can start by brainstorming keywords: thrift stores, thrift shops, secondhand stores, charity shops, etc.
The Business Source Complete database has a Thesaurus to help us find its official subject terms. In fact the BSC Thesaurus has Thrift Shops as a subject. From there you can even explore other terms.
Databases without a thesaurus still use subject terms. When you find a relevant article, look at the subject headings attached to it.
You can apply these strategies–brainstorming keywords, using a thesaurus, and checking subject headings–to most research projects. Have a safe, happy Halloween!
Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework