Library databases are good starting points to find articles on a range of topics.
When search databases, keep these techniques in mind.
Start simple, using a phrase or a few words. Then narrow your search if you have too many results.
Use AND to connect two different concepts together.
diversity AND curriculum
Quotation marks search for an exact phrase.
"African American Studies"
Use OR to find related terms.
campus OR university OR college
Use an asterisk * to find variant word endings. Be careful not to shorten your word too much, because this can bring back results that are not relevant.
discriminat* finds discriminate, discriminates, discriminatory, discrimination, etc.
Example of Search Techniques:
Feeling overwhelmed? Try these strategies.
What if you can't find enough articles? Try these strategies.
When starting your research, it's a good idea to search multidisciplinary databases as they help identify what scholars are writing about from different perspectives.
The following are recommended subject specific databases that cover scholarly sources in the social sciences.Can't find what you are looking for in these databases? Go to the Databases A-Z list.
Google Scholar searches open access materials as well as items from many publishers, including some of the resources to which Collins Library subscribes. However, Google Scholar only searches a fraction of the published scholarly literature. Use the databases listed on the page as well as others found on the database A-Z list.