Before you start looking for sources, jumpstart your research in 3 steps:
1. Write down your research question.
2. Circle the main terms or ideas in your question.
3. Brainstorm and add related terms.
-Main key term: Gender
-Alternate key terms: Sex, "Gender Identity" "Sexual Orientation"
-Aspects to consider: "gender roles", sexism, socialization, discrimination
-Combine a key term with an aspect: Gender AND "stratification," Sexism OR "gender discrimination"
Collect additional keywords and grow your list from:
The words you read in article titles or abstracts
The words you see in subject headings
The words that more specifically describe your focused research question
Introductions and overviews to literary theories.
Introductions and overviews of literary theories, author biographies, and historical events.
Find out what was happening in the world when your author was writing your piece of literature.