Guide to help you get some research done!
How and where to search
- Scholarly sources vs. popular sources
- Search strategy
- Popular databases for searching
- Citation chaining
Find the keywords.
Keywords are the main ideas that you are searching.
Boolean logic uses AND, OR and NOT to connect keywords.
“AND” Narrows your search strategy - if your search strategy is: japan AND earthquake
“OR” Broadens your search strategy - if your search strategy is: nuclear power OR nuclear energy
“NOT” Eliminates certain search terms - if your search strategy is: economic NOT social
These three databases are good places to start your research. All our databases can be found HERE.
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)
Covers many different subjects.
Web of Science
Best for topics in science or social science.
Version of Google for scholarly publications. If you're searching from home, use the link above or go through the library website, and it'll provide FIND IT links to items we own.
Once you find one good, relevant article, you can easily find others by looking at the "reference list" or the "works cited" at the end of the article. This method of finding articles is called citation chaining. It can also help you to look at:
1. the development of a concept over time
2. determine who the major researchers are in the field of research
3. find the "important" articles in an area of research.
Databases like Web of Science has a "Cited Reference Search" function to make this process easier. You can also copy a title from a reference list and add that into a Google Scholar search to find out whether U of C has access to the full text of the article.
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