First, try a simple keyword search such as Black Death. Keyword searches produce a large amount of results. This type of search is broad and less precise. Fortunately, most online catalogs and databases have features to help you refine your search terms. Refinement features may include author, year, format, content, audience, or sub-topics.
Creating a search strategy:
Next, try Boolean searching. This type of searching allows you to combine keywords using operators AND, OR, and NOT.
To narrow your results use AND with two or more concepts. Example: Black Death AND Bubonic Plague
To broaden your search use OR with synonymous or related words or phrases. Example: Feudalism or Feudal Society - This type of search expands the search so that you have one result or the other or both.
Sometimes one of your search terms may produce a list of results that includes articles that are not relevant to your topic. Using the operator NOT eliminates words from your search and reduces the number of results. Example: Medieval NOT Middles Ages. The term Middle Ages will be excluded from the search.
Full-text Databases: refers to electronic resources with access to the complete text of articles in journals, books, newspapers, theses, dissertations, and more. Illustrations, graphs, charts, and images may be included.
Church history--middle ages, 600-1500
Council of Clermont (1095) -
Christian martyrs --
Crusades in literature
France--History--Philip II Augustus, 1180-1223
Great Britain - - History--Richard I, 1189-1199
Jerusalem--History--Latin Kingdom, 1099-1244
Knights and knighthood
Monasticism and religious orders--
Richard I, King of England, 1157-1199
Civilization, Medieval, in Literature
Literature and society - England - History - to 1500
Literature, Medieval - History and Criticism
England - Civilization - 1066-1485
Great Britain - History - Medieval period, 1066-1485
Chaucer, Geoffrey - 1400 - criticism and interpretation
Chaucer, Geoffrey - 1400 - Canterbury Tales