Choose keywords which represent the main concepts of your paper topic. Then for each concept, choose a number of keywords, including synonyms and related terms.
Here's an example to get you started:
Government-funded preschool for all children would reduce inequality
early childhood education
Then combine them using AND and OR
- AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words (put AND between different concepts (columns))
- OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the word (put OR between synonyms on the same search line (rows))
- Academic Search Complete: Find popular and scholarly articles from across disciplines.
- LexisNexis Academic : Find newspaper articles, including The New York Times. Search Tips
- JSTOR: Find scholarly articles from across disciplines.
Try these help pages, or take a look at these screenshots.
1) First, click 'Search by Content Type', then 'All News'
2) Now, click 'Advanced Options'. Here you may limit by date, source type, article type and location...
- Separate your keywords by AND or OR all on the same line.
- Statistical Abstract of the United States - The Table of Contents on the left will allow you to search by topic. National and some regional stats.
- Social Explorer - interactive map of statistics. Click on the US Demography Map and then change the data you want to see. You can see national, state and local stats.
- To find a book on your topic, start with a keyword search.
- When you find a good title, follow the subject headings for more books on the topic.
- To locate the book, make sure you write down the entire call number, including the library that owns it.
Search the full text of books provided by publishers and libraries. Find relevant book chapters and passages.
- The full text will be viewable if the book is out of copyright. Books still under copyright may provide a preview of a limited number of pages or just a snippet.
- When you find a good title, use the “Find this book in a library” feature to see if UT owns it or search for the title in the Library Catalog. (Some books don't include the "Find this book in a library" feature.)