Answered By: Kathryn Park
Last Updated: Dec 06, 2017     Views: 7

Have you tried out databases yet? Your best bets are from EBSCO Academic Search Complete and ProQuest Research Library. Here's how to get started:

Academic Search Complete

  1. From the Social Sciences page in A-Z Databases, choose Academic Search Complete from the pull down menu.
  2. Type in your topic.
  3. You will have so many results, you'll need to use these techniques to save time:
    • Click on Subject: Thesaurus Term to see all options, choose if you see on that fits your topics, or try Subject.
    • Click on Subject to see all options, choose if you see on that fits your topics.
    • Full Text under Limit To is a good option for any search.
    • When you need scholarly or peer reviewed articles, check the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals under Limit to.

Research Library

  1. From the Databases box (link below), choose Research Library from the pull down menu.
  2. Type in your topic.
  3. You will have so many results, you'll need to use the techniques described in the Save Time on Result List box (link below).You will have so many results, you'll need to use these techniques to save time:
    • Full Text
      Select Full text included to limit to articles with full text online.
    • Source Type
      You can easily narrow down to academic or scholarly resources if your instructor requires it by selecting Scholarly Journals
    • Document Type
      This is an easy way to limit your search to things like audio/video, biographies, case studies, commentary, editorials, government documents, interviews, speeches, statistics, transcripts, and more.
    • Subject
      Save a lot of time by selecting a subject. This will eliminate articles that just mention your topic, but are not mainly about your topic.

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