Begin at the Beginning
1. Think about your research topic
2. Make some notes
3. Narrow it down
Now you're ready to search! Pull search terms from your answers to the questions above.
Write down main ideas and phrases, not complete sentences.
Get creative with synonyms or alternative ways of phrasing a keyword or idea. If you get stuck searching for resources, expanding the way you think about your topic can really help.
Basic keyword searches are a fine place to start.
How to Find Specific Kinds of Articles:
No method of searching for specific kinds of articles is fool-proof. These tips, however, will be of great use:
Maximizing returns from your search results:
Subject Heading Searches:
Check the subject headings within specific articles to refine successive searches for more focused results
Scholarly / Peer-Reviewed:
Many databases give you the option of checking a box if you wish to retrieve only scholarly / peer-reviewed articles. I suggest that you absolutely do this, AFTER you’ve done an initial search to cull all potential useful keywords and subject headings from all the articles in the system, peer-reviewed or not.
Bibliography: a record of sources used for research
Annotation: a summary or evaluation
Annotated bibliography: a bibliography with annotations!
Review my slideshow Annotated Bibliographies: Notes to your future self
The slideshow linked here has some useful guidelines for thinking about types of sources for your research. Basic definitions and examples are given for: