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Topic:"Discuss the role of women in 19th century America"

Even though your search will be successful if you search the complete text, e.g. for "USA" and "Role", or "woman", using the search index will lead to much better results.
Since we are dealing with a topic here which is not focused on literary criticism, the category "Discipline/Literary Criticism" will be neglected for this search. Further the category "Type of Publication" is interesting only if you explicitly want to search for statistical information, reference books etc.

1. systematic or alphabetic search for index numbers
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a. systematic search (browsing the index):

The category "Topics and References":
In regard to the essay topic mentioned above the keyword "Women's Status" (index number 3416) is of interest. If the essay is not only meant to deal with the 'real' status of women in society but also with the discourse on womanhood in general, the keywords "Female Gender Roles" (882) which can be found in the category "Definitions of Gender Roles". Both form part of the category "Discipline"/"Gender Studies" (638).

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b. alphabetical search

Think about which keywords you want to search for. In the case of our example essay useful keywords would be e.g. "(Female) Gender Role", "Women's Status", "USA", and "Time Frame" (please note that the individual centuries are not listed in the alphabetical index).
The result of such an alphabetical search would be the following: "Women's Status" = 3416, "Definition of Gender Roles" = 871, "Female Gender Roles" = 882, "USA" = 23, and "19th Century" = 81.

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2. The Search Form

Since you can only combine two keywords or index numbers at a time, a selection has to be made. It is recommended to combine the nationality or the time frame with one of the other keywords in order to optimize the search ideally.
In the case of our example "Women's Status" (3416) could be combined with "USA" (23), or "19th Century" (81), and then, for example, "Female Gender Roles" (882) with "USA" (23), or "19th Century" (81).
Please make sure that you have chosen "index numbers" and not "complete text" from the search form! Fill in the two index numbers you have chosen and limit the year of publication to a certain period if you wish. If you click "submit" the results of your search will be displayed in the right window.

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