According to Google definitions, to search means "to try to find by looking...thoroughly." To research means "to investigate systematically."
Remember, when you are asked to write a research paper, you are not being asked to gather facts, but to choose a topic that you can investigate systematically.
Search the Library's Databases
Feel free to use the following library databases to find out more about your topic. If you would prefer to use a different database, try using our Research Guides by subject list.
Did you get too many results? If so, try some of these ideas to narrow down your results:
Narrow by dates (only newer, older, or a specific range of dates)
Narrow by type of source (peer-reviewed journals, magazines, etc. based on the assignment’s guidelines)
Add another of the search terms you listed above, connecting the two with the “AND” provided in the database’s Advanced Search
Using the database’s Advanced Search option, change “AND” to “NOT” to exclude terms you don’t want (ex. “Pride and Prejudice” NOT film)
Put any multi-word phrases into “quotation marks” to prevent other words from coming between them
Did you get too few results? If so, try some of these ideas to expand your results:
Using the database’s Advanced Search, enter 2 search terms that are synonyms, connecting them with the word “or” (ex. film OR movie)
Enter your main topic in a Subject Search. Look at the subdivisions or subjects given to you to get new ideas for better search terms (find out what the database is calling it)