Starting your research with a strategy in mind can save you from having to look through results that aren't relevant. We recommend reviewing the time-saving strategies suggested here early in your research process.
These strategies will help you find secondary sources to meet the following stakeholder report requirements:
**For more information about academic (scholarly) articles, please visit the link below called Scholarly Articles: What they are, where to find them and how to read them
Stakeholders, professionals and scholars often use specialized vocabulary or jargon. If you're searching for one term, but the stakeholders use a different term, you may be missing out on some really good results.
A. Before you begin searching, write down the keywords you expect to use, then brainstorm related terms or synonyms and write them down on the worksheet labeled "Generating Keywords" below. Stumped? Use a thesaurus if you need to.
B. Search with a combination of keywords that came to mind. Pay attention to your results. Are there other terms used in the titles or descriptions of the sources in your results list? Write those down on the "Generating Keywords" worksheet, as well. Try those terms in a new search to find additional resources.
C. Be mindful of bias (intentional or unintentional) in the keywords you use to search.
The results you retrieve are parts of an ongoing and unfinished conversation among a variety of stakeholders. Your initial searches may reveal sources from the perspectives of a variety of stakeholders involved in that conversation.
If you notice a specific stakeholder perspective that is missing from your results:
A. Use 2-4 keywords. The more keywords you use, the fewer results you retrieve.
B. Search all forms of a root word at once. For example, bank*=bank, banks, banking. Learn more with the Truncation link below.
B. Control your search by combining your keywords with AND, OR, NOT. Learn more with the Boolean Operators link below.
C. Is one of your keywords a phrase? Most databases allow you to specify that adjacent words be searched as phrases.
A. Too many results?
B. Too few results?
How is using subject headings different than keyword searching?
When using keywords
When using subject headings
A. Having trouble finding the full text of the article? Watch the "How to Find Full Text" video, linked below.
If you are still having trouble accessing the full text, you can chat with a Wright State librarian online by clicking on the "Ask a Librarian" link below.
Now that you have some strategies in mind, employ them while finding sources in QuickSearch, an interdisciplinary database featuring a wide variety of resources about a wide variety of topics.