Social Justice is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal.
Note the type of publication an article is in.
* Scholarly journals, especially peer-reviewed journals, are where faculty publish their research.
* Magazines can provide popular perspectives or alternative voices.
* Newspapers can offer the most current information or as primary sources show attitudes and feelings of a certain time.
Look for options in databases to limit your results to articles in scholarly, peer-reviewed journals.
Articles in scholarly journals, especially when PEER-REVIEWED are particularly important to academic research. They:
1. Use an asterisk to search all endings of a word: activis* = activist, activists, activism
2. Use quotes to glue together a phrase: "social justice"
3. Put synonyms in parentheses with OR between each term: ("native american" OR indigenous)
4. As you find material, scan for alternative search terms in item records and references, and then try new searches.
5. Start with a keyword search and look for subject headings links in item records.
6. Follow citation trails. Check references and bibliographies for more articles. Check Google Scholar to see who else is citing a source.
OneSearch searches multiple resources at once. Use for very precise searches:
For best results, use limiters.
Paterson Textile Strikers letter (1913) Hathi Trust
Find digitized archival collections of primary source material related to your topic by doing very precise searches online.
Do a Google search for your topic or person and add these words and phrases:
From the Google results, click on: Settings > Advanced Search
You can then narrow your search by entering .edu or .gov or .org in the Site or Domain box
Experiment with terms using the "find pages with" fields. Think carefully about language of discipline and time.
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Look for Subject Heading links in item records. Sample CBBcat Subject Searches: