Keep a running list or a log of your research. This list/log should include terms you gather from class notes & readings, subject headings culled from databases & library catalogs, and terms used in articles. For example:
Library of Congress uses multiple subject headings
American literature -- Indian authors -- Themes, Motives
specific tribal names (i.e. Cherokee)
Indians in literature
MLA (the primary literature database) uses
Two spirit (as well as two spirits Native American, two spirit people, two spirited, two spirits native)
Below are just a few of the databases we recommend you use when starting research projects. The Kenyon Databases A-Z list contains many more subject specific databases. Please contact a member of the reference staff to assist you with your questions.