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ENGL 384 Quintana Wulf

Assignment source guidelines

"For this assignment, use the library databases and find secondary sources [...] To support this essay you need to find, read, and use at least 2 secondary sources in addition to any of the secondary sources we have read for the class: they can be either literary criticism, sources that help you
understand the social and cultural contexts for the literary texts, or literary theory that can help you establish a critical framework for your analysis."
Dr. Quintana Wulf

From topic statement to keywords

Search databases using keywords, such as concepts or subject phrases, that are linked together by and, or, not  used to identify articles and sources. Before we can begin searching, we need to identify the keywords we'll use within the library's research tools. 


Divide your topic into concepts/segments/pieces depending on your focus.
For some stories: 
Native American, indigenous people, removal, dispossession, dehumanization, sovereignty

Brainstorm for synonyms and related terms.

You will need to translate these terms to keywords later when you are searching databases for articles and sources. Even if a combination of words works well in one database, you may have to change keywords to find results in another database. 


Native American




United states Soverignty

related terms:

American Indian



America self-determiniation

Indigenous American



West agency