Discuss your topic ideas with your instructor or librarian.
Example: Civil Rights
This topic can be narrowed to:
civil rights organization(s)
a population (African Americans, Asian Americans, Women, etc.)
a location/geography (United States, Pennsylvania, the southern U.S., etc.)
Malcolm X and PanAfricanism
African American civil rights activists in Pennsylvania
Civil rights organizations in New York.
Identify Keywords, Synonyms, and Related Words
Topic: Malcolm X and PanAfricanism
Some keywords, synonyms, and related terms to use when researching this topic:
Malcolm Little [Malcolm X's given name]
El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz [Malcolm X's Nation of Islam name]
Black Power [term related to PanAfricanism]
Combine keywords, synonyms, and related terms with Boolean terms AND or OR when searching for books, encyclopedias, and other reference works in The CAT or LionSearch—or when searching for articles in databases.
Malcolm X AND PanAfricanism
Malcolm X OR Malcolm Little OR El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz AND PanAfricanism