Remember that you need to use keywords when searching in library resources. Think about keywords that might be used to describe your topic and brainstorm synonyms for those words to include in your searching as well. Use "" when you want to search multiple terms as a phrase. Keep in mind that the name of your language may be spelled in different ways.
Don't forget to use words like AND, OR, and NOT (boolean operators) between your keywords to broaden or narrow your search. See the box below for a further explanation of boolean operators and wildcards.
Name of your hoax/myth AND name of the country of origin or region ("burrows cave" AND "united states")
Name of your hoax/myth OR alternative names/spellings ("king tut" OR tutankhamen)
Boolean operators are a type of search feature that allow you to expand, narrow, or limit your search results. They are AND, OR, and NOT.
Wildcards are another type of search feature that replace a a single letter in a search term, or a variant ending of a word. Usually, wildcards are indicated by a question mark (?) or asterisk (*).
Use Subject Terms (assigned by the Library of Congress) to find like items in the library catalog and in journal databases. If you find a useful book or article, its catalog record usually will include Subject Terms under "Description" that you can use to find related research material. Below is a screenshot of a catalog record with subject hyperlinks. In the actual record, you will be able to click on the links to find related material.
Many databases provide ways for you to limit your search results. If your initial search returns too many results try limiting these results using these features such as limiting by date, type of publication, subject, etc.
Limit to Franklin & Marshall College
Limit to last ten years of publication
Limit to the subject area of anthropology or archaeology
Limit to articles