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ENGL105/105i Campus Ethnography Research: Developing keywords

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The catalog is the search tool to find books and films.To search for a subject when you don't know the exact search term or subject, first search by keyword, then look for relevant records and, using the full record of a book, see if there are any relevant Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to further your search.


Potential starting keywords




Combined with keywords that describe the cultural practice or aspect of campus life you're studying

For example....

Dining halls / cafeterias

Residence halls / dormitories

Fraternity / sorority / Greek organizations

Athletics / college sports / college athletes

Public spaces / third places / plazas 

Classroom / classroom layout / classroom design

Library / study spaces