Planning out your search strategy in advance will save you time finding relevant articles in the library databases. To search most effectively, break your research topic into it's main concepts. Exp
Do background research and brainstorming to discover other terms the literature may use for these concepts.
Academic Search Complete Thesaurus
|ableist OR discrimination OR prejudice OR bias OR marginalization||ableism OR "discrimination against people with disabilities"||"discrimination psychology"[MeSH Terms]|
|public policy||government OR law OR legal||Law||"Public Policy"[MeSH Terms]|
people with mobility-related disabilities
|wheelchair OR crutches OR elderly OR Parkinson's||Movement disorders||"Mobility Limitation"[MeSH Terms]|
Library databases allow you to search across multiple magazines, newspapers, or journals at once. To choose the right databases to search, think about the type of information you want (scholarly journal articles or a newspaper article, for example) and who would be reading and writing about your topic.
TIP: Start your search with one multidisciplinary database and one subject specific database.
To find databases for other fields that may speak to your research, check out the list of Databases by Subject.
Take some time to plan out your search strategy in advance. Remember these important search tips.
If your first search doesn't return the results you want, done give up. Edit your search strategy, add more synonyms, and try again.
Found a reference to an article or book you want to read? Now it's time to locate it.
Your instructor or subject librarian may throw around the term "library database" a lot, but what exactly do they mean? This video from RMIT University in Australia explains the term and how you can use databases for research.
Transcript available through YouTube.
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