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PAID 112 Section 16 - Vrtis (Spring 2024)

Rumi and His World: Arts and Culture in the Middle East

In This Guide

in this guide graphicIn this Guide, you'll find:

  • Resource suggestions for your section topic:
    • Getting started with reference sources
    • Gathering more information through books and articles
  • Tips on searching for sources and evaluating the sources you find
  • Contact information for your librarian


Preus Library has so much more than what's in this Guide! When you have questions about the library or finding a resource, don't hesitate to get in touch.

Creating Search Terms / Keywords


light bulb iconSearch terms, or keywords, are words or phrases we use to describe the topic we are researching. Using good search terms can make locating information easier. Some tips for brainstorming search terms include: 

  • The 4 W's: What is the who, what, when, and where of your topic? The answers to these can all be helpful search terms. Use reference resources to help you find the answers if you do not know.
  • Synonyms: List as many synonyms for your topic as you can. If you need help, use the Merriam-Webster Thesaurus.
  • Mind Maps: Write your main topic in a circle. Draw smaller circles connected to your main topic and write different related subtopics. Repeat that step with your subtopics, writing in even more focused subtopics. Here is one example from Credo Reference.
  • Draw a Time Line: Create a timeline of events related to your topic using reference resources. These events and dates can help you narrow your topic focus. 

Keep the list of terms you created while you worked on your project. As you continue your research, you may want to create new search terms and remove ones that are not helpful. This is okay and part of the research process. 

Reference Sources

Online Reference Sources

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