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CORE (GenEd) 110: World of the Arts

World of the Arts Research

This guide will help you find books, articles and images for your group research projects in GenEd 110: World of the Arts.

It will be helpful for you to have a collection of words that could help you find what you are looking for, including alternate terms for major ideas. Included below are some tools that can assist you in finding synonyms and related terms.

Brainstorming Tools

Once you have your research essay topic in mind, put it in terms of a question you'd like to explore or an argument for a particular point-of-view you'd like to convey to your readers. A good topic is both manageable in the number of pages to be written and researchable.

Next, look at the key words/phrases in your topic and brainstorm a few synonyms or other terms related to those concepts. You can use these "keywords" to help you formulate a search to find articles, books, web sites and more on your topic. This pool of keywords is important because you may not know what terms are frequently used by researchers and other experts in the field, as well as non-professionals. You'll have options. 

One way to access thesauri to find synonyms and related terms is by searching Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines. Here are two common methods. 

  • [your keyword] synonym
  • [your keyword] thesaurus

Instead of searching using a browser as explained above, you can also go directly to your thesaurus of choice. Here are a few examples:

If searching thesauri is isn't working well for you, try a graphic dictionary to find synonyms and related terms, such as one of these:

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