Selecting Search Terms
This worksheet provides space for you to identify useful search terms and a few examples of how to do so.

 

 

YOUR WORK SPACE:

 

EXAMPLE

 Your Topic Statement

Topic Statement: Gender stereotypes play an important role in Legally Blonde, Daddy Day Care, and Flashdance. In all three films, notions of what is and is not “woman’s work” are explored.

 

 Write down a list of words or phrases that best describe your topic. See the list that you started in “Defining & Focusing Your Topic”.

 

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Write down a list of words or phrases that best describe your topic.

 

stereotypes

gender roles

masculine

feminine

sex roles

woman’s work

career

employment

films

society

morals

movies

peer pressure

gender equity

social expectations

 -sexual harassment
-stereotypes in higher education and in career choice
-self-esteem issues
-gender roles and respect in the workplace

Write down the dates that are relevant to your topic


 

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[If appropriate] Write down other limiters that are appropriate to your search. 

Write down the dates that are relevant to your information search.
 

 

1980-present
 

 

[If appropriate] Write down other limiters that are appropriate to your search.

-I need to find scholarly resources.
-I would prefer to look for full-text articles only.
-I want to look for articles in the magazine Film Comment. I saw one there on this topic a few months ago.