Pick more than one topic to test so you can get an idea of the type and quantity of research available. Here are examples from the various sections of the course (make sure the topic you choose is appropriate for the assignment from your instructor). See the Testing tab for search strategies.
Before you choose a final topic, it is important to test a few topics to see what kind of research is available. This will save you lots of time later.
To test your topic ideas, use the OneSearch box on the Library home page.
These searches are just the BEGINNING. The idea is to give you a sense of whether there is enough written about your topic. If, instead, your search had yielded just 30 or 40 articles, you might want to test further search terms or other topics.
This is the first step in your search. Check out this video, and see examples of search strategies in the Testing Topic Ideas tab under Getting Started.
Start by searching for books on your topic. If you find a book or book chapter on your topic, it will make your research much easier.
Next, choose a database (or OneSearch) for scholarly journal articles or newspaper articles. Databases give you more focused research results.
The databases listed above all have the same functionality, but they search different journals and have slightly different interfaces. The two videos below will walk you through using Academic Search Complete. The examples are from the fields of social work.
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