Once you're done your search and narrowed it to information sources that fit your criteria for type of resource, being scholarly, an acceptable date range, etc., how do you judge which are most on-topic?
- Title -- your keywords in the title are a great sign, but also think in terms of more global subjects. For example, an article called "Hemingway in Spain" might contain something about Hemingway and bullfighting.
- Subject terms. The subject terms are all major topics of the article.
- Abstract. The abstract is a summary of an article, so that's a great way to find out what the article is about before reading the whole thing.
- "Find" function. Use Ctrl+F or look for a search function in a PDF to look for your keywords. Reading a brief passage surrounding your keyword to get an idea if the article might be relevant.
- Skim - Sometimes none of the above give you a clue and you need to skim the article to determine its suitability for your project.
Tip: If your assignment calls for a minimum number of articles, try to find a few extra in case the first ones you find are not as relevant as they seem at first glance!