Time to put that list of keywords to use in a search.
First, take a quick look at the following video which demonstrates the basics of searching in a scholarly database.
Databases search for the exact term you enter, sometimes you may need to use synonyms to help expand the search.
• Let's use the research question:
What are the effects of plastic particle water pollution on humans and marine wildlife?
Keywords = effects, water pollution, humans, plastic particle, marine wildlife
• If need be, widen your search by using synonyms or related terms:
effects or influence; pollution or contamination; humans or people
When you find an article, you can use subject terms to help find more articles.
Look for the subject terms list to add additional keywords to your search.
Boolean - when you use a Boolean search, keywords are combined by the operators AND, OR, and NOT.
You can use these operators in the database search interface to create a very broad or very narrow search.
Quotation Marks - use this option when you want to search exact phrases.
Enclose your search terms with "quotation marks" to find words in the exact order as typed. For example, typing "social media" will return articles with that exact phrase.
The references used by the author in an article or book you're already using is a great place to find additional resources for your project!
Students can obtain their SRC ID card at the following sites:
* Canton: LRC – 2nd Floor Centers Building
* Macomb: LRC - 2nd Floor
* Havana: Front Desk
* Rushville: Front Desk