Search term tips:
Thinking about your topic and potential search terms is a critical step in the research process. Sometimes authors (or databases!) use certain vocabulary when discussing a topic. Other authors (or databases) might use a different term. Try searching for synonyms for your search terms if at first you don't succeed! Also...
When searching for books, it's best to use only one or two words even if your topic is more complex. For example, for inequality or racial conflict in China, just type and search for China.
When searching for articles in databases (ProQuest or EbscoHost/Academic Search Premier) consider more complex combinations of search term.
Here are some ideas:
1. Country names:
2. Terms for Social Stratification:
3. For an even narrower search add terms like: