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How do I start my research?
1. Visualize your topic
2. Search relevant database(s) for your topic
A. Use databases' subject headings
B. Combine terms
C. Refine your topic:
- Finding articles can be part of determining your topic!
- You might need to narrow or expand your initial topic.
D. Narrow or expand search, as needed
- Be sure results are under 80 to get relevant results
- Add another term
- Add limits
- If narrowing brings your results too low:
- Use another database
- Broaden your search terms
- Try citation chasing
3. Read the articles you find! Use what you read to locate more articles
4. Evaluate your resources.
5. Get organized! Save your citations & create your bibliography.
STEP 1 - Determine your topic
This guide was created by Frances Brady for Adler University.