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Resources and Research Tips

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Research Tips


Try these keywords (depending on your topic) when searching the online databases (you typically won't use capital letters when searching).

When using keywords in a search field, omit words such as "in, and, on" and so forth. Just type in the important words. For example: type christianity england instead of christianity in england

Keywords to consider:

caste, caste system, Indian caste system

Hinduism, Diwali, festival of lights

Brahman, Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaisya, Vaishya, Sudra, Shudra, chandala, dalit, pariah, untouchable, harijan

Go to general article on India and find the regions or major or minor cities within the region such as Punjab, New Delhi, Calcutta


  • Don't neglect to look at the related links and various other links that come up for each search.
  • Printing: Always use the Print option on the page when you are printing from these databases. You get a cleaner copy that is easier to read and make notations. Highlight main ideas and important details.
  • Be patient! Try several different searches. Don't give up!
  • See Ms. Jansen for passwords for home use or pick up a flyer in the library or if you need help using the databases.



All of these reference databases are available on our Subscription Database page: (right click and Open in a New Window)

  1. Gale Encyclopedia of Modern Asia (click on Gale, click on Virtual Reference Library, click Select a publication for History, click Encyclopedia of Modern Asia, and Find within this publication) Cite a... Reference Source
  2. Gale Encyclopedia of Religion (click on Gale, click on Virtual Reference Library, click Select a publication below for Religion, click Encyclopedia of Religion, and Find within this publication). Type in Hinduism and you will find a lot of articles that will help all caste groups. Cite a... Reference Source
  3. Encyclopædia Britannica: use the version "for high school students and up" (be patient--the information you seek is there!) Cite a... Reference Source
  4. EbscoHost: Student Research Center (click Reference Works and Encyclopedias). SRC is a combination of several databases. Look above the article to find the actual database, such as Newspaper Source.
  5. ABC-CLIO World History: The Modern Era (search for caste and look at the essays that return on caste syterm and Hinduism. Cite a... Reference Source
  6. ProQuest History Study Center (use this last--there is some, but not as much information)
  7. netTrekker (categorizes sites on the free Web and evaluates for accuracy and authority) Use Web site format in Noodle Tools.
  8. NoodleTools for your bibliography (we will create a new list in class as you already have one list for the McMush lab).

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