This guide for PLS 431 will offer some specific ways and locations to search for scholarly/peer-reviewed articles and books in researching your chosen Pre-Renaissance Political Theorist.
When devising a search strategy for using the library's resources, you can try simply typing your chosen Theorist. For example:
If you retrieve an unwieldy number of results, try a narrower search by including a phrase with the Theorist' name, such as:
(include the quotation marks; this searches the words as a phrase rather than as separate words)
Before starting your search, run a quick Google search of your Theorist' name to see if there exist variant spellings. For example, Alfarabi is also known as:
So when searching Alfarabi in a library datbase, use this example of a search string, including the "OR"s, to find articles that use any four spelling variations:
Alfarabi OR Al-Farabi OR Alfarbius OR Farabi