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UGS 303: Sleep, Are We Getting Enough? - Murry

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Keywords & Where to Search

 

Combine key terms using AND and OR:​​

  • AND narrows your search by looking for articles with all of the words (your two or three key concepts should be connected with AND, because you need all of them represented in useful articles). 
  • OR broadens your search by looking for articles with any of the words (synonyms and related terms should be separated by OR - they get at the same key concepts, so any of them are useful).

Try different combinations of your keywords to get better results as you search.

Sample keywords

What impact does sleep have on academic achievement for undergraduate students?

Sleep  Academic Achievement Student group or population
Sleep Quality GPA Undergraduate students
Sleep Duration Grades adolescents
Insomnia   college students

 

For this assignment, you might need several types of sources:

Source Type Start Here

Scholarly Articles

  • present original research
  • written by experts
  • usually peer reviewed

Search library databases

  • Multidisciplinary - contain articles from many disciplines
  • Subject-Specific - contain articles more focused on one discipline (example: Psychology)

See suggested databases below.

Encyclopedia Articles/Background Information

  • overviews/accepted knowledge on a topic
  • usually short and easily readable
  • Good place to learn vocabulary 
  • Don't present original research like a scholarly article.

Search Gale eBooks (below)

Can also use Wikipedia or news/magazine articles for background information

Journalism/News Search Google News or the UT Libraries NexisUni database. Make sure to evaluate unfamiliar publications. 

Search practice in discussion sections

You'll be working on the second page of your search strategy document. Here are the questions to consider about your assigned database. 

Talk about the following, be ready to share:

What do you like about the database?

How is it similar and different to the main library search bar we used in class yesterday?

What is difficult about the database? What advice or tips would you give a classmate about this database?

Would you choose this database over the main search bar we used in class?

Were you able to find relevant articles?

Databases for this project

Encyclopedias

Databases for Scholarly Articles

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