STEP 1: What is your research topic?
It is useful to formulate your research topic with a question:
STEP 2: What are the main concepts?
From the question you formulated, select the words with content:
Ignore the words such as still, relationship, between, and any because they link concepts. The words with content are the ones you will use in your search.
STEP 3: Develop alternative terms or keywords.
STEP 4: Use Boolean connectors "AND" "OR" to combine your search terms
AND narrows the search:
OR broadens the search:
Use quotes to make sure the phrase stays intact (use single quotes depending of the database)
1. You can use the search box on the libraries main page and type in the keywords to search. You retrieve journal articles, newspaper articles, reviews, and e-books.
2. You can also go to specific databases, the ones that are most productive for your topic. The following databases are recommended for topics on gender and technology. Click here for a complete list of individual subscription databases.
Using truncation is a good way to broadening your search. The majority of databases the truncation symbol is asteric (*). The truncation symbol directs the database to search for all words that contain the root with variations of the ending.