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  • Select the fewest words possible to type into the search box -- just the ones most important to your topic.
  • Put quotation marks around phrases

"street art"

  • Put AND between each new word or idea.  For example: 

"street art" AND Basquiat

"street art" AND activism

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  • Unknown artist? Research the work's other characteristics like style, historical period, and materials used
  • Nothing on your work of art?  Look for articles about the artist, period, style materials, etc.
  • Not finding much?  Think creatively.  Try approaching your topic from multiple angles.  Change up your keywords, try other databases.