Keywords and related terms will emerge from your topic of research. Creating a map of your keywords and/or related terms will help you. Keywords will help you:
Some keywords and related terms for convents in France in the 18th century are: couvent, abbaye, religieuses, novice, abbesse, siècle des lumières, des esclaves, XVIIIe siècle and France.
For more information see Strategy: Search terms
It is helpful knowing the Boolean operators AND, OR, and NOT. These operators help you find information in the university's search platforms and databases.
The graphic shows how the operators AND, OR and NOT work in your search:
dog AND puppy = will retrieve titles that contain both terms in your search.
dog OR puppy = will retrieve titles that contain both or either terms in your search.
dog NOT puppy = will retrieve titles that only contain the term "dog." This search will exclude titles that contain the term "puppy."
Tip: Not ot all search engines use Boolean logic. For example, you do not need to use these operators in Google Scholar or when your are doing a search in Google.