- Scholarly Sources
Scholarly sources are those written by experts in a particular field. They are usually peer reviewed and available in databases.
- Trade Publications
Trade publications are those journals and magazines published by and for people working in a particular field.
- Popular Sources
Popular publications are non-scholarly sources such as magazines and newspapers.
- Selecting Keywords
Choosing keywords for your search.
Example: teenagers, adolescents, volunteerism
- Boolean Operators
Using AND, OR, and NOT to combine keywords.
Example: women AND drug abuse
- Phrase Searching and Nesting
Use "" to form phrases and () to combine groups of synonyms.
Example: "emissions standards" and (car or automobile)
Use symbols with root words to find all possible word endings in a single search.