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Step 1: Brainstorm Search Terms (Keywords)

Library databases and Google can't be searched the same way so take a few moments to come up with a search strategy before diving into a database.

Sample topic::  What are the implications of GPS as a tool for caregiving?

Step 1:  Think about the key concepts of your topic and search those instead of an entire phrases or sentences.

  • Key concepts:  caregiving, GPS

Step 2:   Think of other terms you could use that are synonyms or related (they could be a broader or narrower aspect).  This often requires that you do a little background research to learn more.

  • Other terms related to caregiving (who caergivers and receivers are)  -  parents, children, caregivers, elderly, alzheimers, dementia,
  • Other terms related to GPS - global positioning systems, geofencing, person tracking systems, location tracking

‚ÄčStep 3:  Connect your terms using AND and OR:

  • Example 1: children AND global positioning systems
  • Example 2: children OR parents OR caregivers AND GPS OR global positioning systems OR location tracking

Remember - 

  • AND narrows your topic (use AND between terms if you want them all to appear in your results)
  • OR broadens your topic (use OR between terms if you want any, not all, to appear in your results)

Step 2: Pick a Tool and Find Articles


Type of Tool About Start Here


  • Include a range of sources (scholarly articles, magazine articles, books, patents, etc.) types from many disciplines
  • Useful if scholars from multiple disciplines would write about your topic or if you don't know where to start
  • Great for assignments in UGS!
  • One con is that you might be overwhelmed by the number of search results.


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Google Scholar 



  • Include scholarly and specialized articles from a specific discipline
  • To choose a database, think about what department on campus would have scholars researching your topic (ex. PsycINFO for Psychology topics)

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(use the "All Subjects" dropdown menu)


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Scholarly Journal Articles

You may be asked to look for peer-reviewed, research, scholarly, referred or academic articles - all names for the same type of source. What are they? These articles go through the  peer-review process before they are published. A scholar/researcher/professor submits their article to a journal and it is sent to other experts in the field (peers) to ensure that they contain high-quality, original research important to the field. This is a measure of quality control other types of articles don't go through. 


If you can't tell whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed, check Ulrichsweb.

  1. access the database
  2. type in the title of the journal
  3. peer-reviewed journals will have a referee jersey ("refereed" is another term for "peer-reviewed") - example below

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