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DD 303 - Cultural Identities and Differences - Strong

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Find Articles on a Topic

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

Source Type Start Here
Background Information Gale eBooks contains collected encyclopedia articles. Useful for biographies or overviews of historical events.

Scholarly Articles

Library databases, see recommendations below, but Academic Search Complete is always a good place to start. 
Journalism/News Google News or a specific newspaper site are most user-friendly for the most current news. NexisUni is good for less current news (we subscribe to this).

Searching databases is different than searching Google. Distil what you're looking for into a few key terms or phrases, rather than whole sentences. 

  1. Is the academic achievement of immigrant students impacted by national policy debates on immigration?)
  2. For each main concept, brainstorm a few synonyms and related terms (broader or narrower) that get at that concept:
    • Key Concepts 

      immigrant students academic achievement policy debates
      Related Terms

      undocumented students (more specific)

      immigrants

       

       

      learning

      academic performance

      achievement (more general)

      success

      academic success

      public debate

      policy ideas

      policy proposals

      attitudes (more general/related)

      negative attitudes

      positive attitudes 

  3. 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).
  4. Try different combinations of your keywords to get better results as you search.

Databases and Web Resources for your Class

Background and overviews

Scholarly Articles (mostly)

News/Journalism

Google Search Tips:

  • Search only a specific site (ex: nih.gov) or domain (ex: .edu or .gov) by typing in your search followed by site:.org, site:.gov (ex: HIV/AIDS prevention site:nih.gov)
  • Search for an exact phrase by putting your search terms in quotation marks (ex: “over the counter”)

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