1. Learn about database filtering tools and options
Each database offers slightly different tools and options to help you focus your search. You may be able to filter the results by date range, document type/format, specific journals, etc. Many databases allow you to continue adding to and revising your search filters within the results, which can be very helpful!
2. Play around with words and phrases:
3. Try using some advanced searching techniques
Graham, Rebecca. "Boolean Searching" YouTube, uploaded July 2019.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FyhASqTjFPw
4. Change up where you search
Every database has different content - they aren't all the same! Try plugging your search terms into a different general or discipline-specific database to see what you find. If you aren't sure which of our online resources to use, contact John Garrison for help!
5. Go beyond the search bar
Remember the CRAAP test from your first-year Inquiry class?
C - Currency: How recent was a source created/researched? Do you need items from a particular time period?
R - Relevance: Does the information in the source meet your needs? Is it the right type of source for your assignment?
A - Authority: What are the author’s credentials and expertise related to the topic?
A - Accuracy:
P - Purpose: What is the intent of the author or sponsoring organization?
There are many ways to take notes - and taking notes is very important - but here is one suggested format you can use.
A downloadable copy of the Word Template for this note format is provided below. You can hand-write your notes, but typing them into the template will make it easy to copy and paste your quotes when you need them later on.
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