Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Databases can contain multiple types of material. Some databases also have options to limit your results to magazines, newspapers, book reviews, etc. Start by defining your need then search in chunks by selecting material formats.
Use an ASTERISK to stand in for different word endings: discrimin* = discriminate, discriminates, discrimination
Use QUOTATION MARKS to "glue together" a phrase: "health care"
Use PARENTHESES with OR to search synonyms: (poor OR poverty)
TOO FEW RESULTS? Add similar terms in an OR phrase. Use broader search terms.
TOO MANY RESULTS? Zero in on concepts by adding words using AND. Try more precise terms.
KEYWORDS often require an exact match of letters entered. It's not about meaning.
A big part of research is SEARCHING FOR THE BEST SEARCH TERMS
Use SUBJECT HEADINGS to find articles/books tagged as being about that subject
Sample Subject Headings in CBBcat (limited in 2nd drop-down to books & e-books):
Note that people can also be subjects. Use the Subject drop-down with last name, first name.
Check the notes, references and bibliographies of every relevant article or book to find more sources.
This is going back and forward in time to follow a scholarly conversation.
Search for physical and digital books, films and other media in our library catalog.
To identify SCHOLARLY BOOKS, investigate/examine the:
REMOTE LEARNING: look for a small circular red E in the icons to the left of your results . These are online resources.
Or use the drop-downs on the CBBcat search page, for a more precise search.
ON CAMPUS: Order books for Miller pickup by clicking CBB Request in an item record. Miller Library bookstacks are also physically accessible when the library is open.