Skip to main content

Tutt Library Research Guides


HY238 Colonial Hispano-America: Search Tips

Meets the Critical Perspectives: Diverse Cultures and Critiques requirement, and the Critical Perspectives: Global Cultures requirement.

Catalog Search Tips

When searching TIGER, Prospector, and WorldCat, try to

- Use broad keywords from your class reading to begin your search.

- Refine your searches by adding keywords.

- Click on the subject headings of interesting books to find similar materials.

- Try the Library of Congress Authorities and Vocabularies thesaurus to find variations of keywords and subject headings.

    Leverage Footnotes and Bibliographies

    Footnotes and bibliographies are a quick way to find related materials and track the names of popular authors.

    Create A Keyword List

    The right keywords help to effectively search catalogs, databases, and the Internet.

    • Start by compiling a list of keywords that represent each concept of your topic.
    • Try the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search.
      • Use more specific terms when searching databases versus catalogs.
      • Look for additional terms in your search results. Add these to your list.
      • Search Google Books for keywords in the title, table of contents, subject headings, and text of books.

        You may need to do multiple searches in each database to research your topic. However, with patient and persistence, you'll find relevant material.

        Keyword Searching

        Use the Search Generator from Northwest Missouri State University to help you create a keyword search. 

                                Using AND/OR/NOT (Boolean Search Operators)


        Use AND to focus search and combine different aspects of your topic.

        Example: vegetarianism and environment

        Use OR to expand your search and find synonyms/related terms.

        Example: global warming or climate change


        Use NOT to exclude a word or phrase from your search

        Example: emissions trading not United States


        Additional Search Tips

        "Phrase search"  - Use quotation marks (" ") to search for a particular phrase.

        Example: "greenhouse gas emissions"

        Truncation * - Use an asterisk to find variations of a word. Put an asterisk following the root of the word to find all variations of that word, including singular and plural.

        Example: environment* (finds environments, environmental, environmentalist, etc.)

        (Grouping/Nesting Keywords) - Use parentheses ( ) as a way to group all your search terms together.

        Example: (climate change or global warming) and population growth
        Tutt Library, Colorado College      Research Help Desk: 719-389-6662, Texting: 719-387-5441, E-mail: