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Research Toolkit workshops are designed to address the most common challenges students face in doing college-level research, including navigating databases, locating relevant sources, and making sense of information once it is found.
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When you are searching for information about a specific topic, it's important to begin by identifying the main ideas of your research topic. Once you've identified the main ideas of your topic, remember that there will be many different words that can be used to describe the main idea. Think about synonyms of the words you start with, look at the abstracts, subject terms, and keywords of articles you find that are close to what you're researching and try those words in your searches.
Use our Ask a Librarian service or the Email Me button for help generating keywords for your topic.
Database searching is good for looking for materials on a specific topic in many different journals at the same time. These databases don't use phrase searching, so be sure to break your searches into the main ideas or keywords.
QuickSearch combines results from many search tools for you to review in one list. Results come from the Wright State catalog and hundreds of library databases including all of our Ebscohost databases, JSTOR, the Web of Science, and others.
GSD covers the full spectrum of gender-engaged scholarship inside and outside academia. Links to free and subscription based full-text articles. Includes professional journals, conference papers, books, government reports, discussion papers, theses and dissertations.
Discover literature from core disciplines in women's studies and the latest scholarship in feminist research. Search womens literature and selected bulletins, reports, dissertations, NGO studies, and grey literature. NISC produces the index.
This option will search a combination of all the available science databases produced by this publisher. The search will include familiar citation, biology, medicine, and patent databases. Once connected, review the "select a database" option for a complete list. Use this option if you are not sure which Clarivate database may offer the best results.
Primary sources are original documents created at the time of an event. These can include, among other sources, speeches, interviews, government documents, and press releases. Also look for interviews and other sources that provide original information.
Also you can search for organizations' websites for activists' statements and field reports. When getting information from general internet searches, make sure you are critically evaluating the source and how best to use their information and statements. For more information, view this Prezi.
Magazines, journals, and newspapers of the alternative press from the 1960s, including feminists, anti-war groups, African-Americans, Native-Americans and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community