How do I conduct a search?
Each of the databases will have its own search options. You can generally start with a basic search.
To perform a basic search, place your search terms directly in the database's search box:
Some databases also have an advanced search option. If you use an advanced search, you have more control over the types of results you will retrieve.
For example, here is the advanced search screen from JSTOR:
Notice that the advanced search screen gives you options to filter your results by the type of publication, the date it was published, and the subject area or discipline. Using these filters can help you weed out irrelevant results.
How do I focus my results?
If you retrieve too many results, look for options to filter your search results. On the search results screen, options are often listed to limit your results:
Limiting to criticism or reference works will weed out entries that just provide the text of the poem, without any additional analysis.