The more complicated your question, the less likely a search engine can understand it. To get the best result, identify keywords and like terms to create a search string.
Example research question: How does kinematics explain the movements of figure skaters?
Keywords: Kinematics, movement, figure skaters
Like terms can include synonyms and also examples of your keywords. If you don't get results from searching your keywords, it doesn't mean that the research doesn't exist. It could mean that the researcher used different language to describe the same topic
Search strings connect your keywords and like terms together for the best results.
Too many results? Use AND to narrow results
kinematics AND movement AND figure skaters
Too few results? Use OR to broaden results
kinematics OR kinetic energy AND movement OR spin OR jump AND figure skater* OR ice skating
Also known as peer-reviewed articles, scholarly articles are sources that are:
While you can find scholarly articles through general search engines, databases contain a feature where you can narrow your results to only scholarly articles.
Books and eBooks often provide a broader overview and cover more information than a scholarly journal article.
You don't need to read an entire book to use it in your research. Use the index at the back of a book to find the information you need.
Q1-295 Science (General)
QA801-939 Analytical Mechanics
QC Physics (General)
If you found an article on a database, look for the Cite button to get a formatted citation for your Works Cited, in less time than it takes for EasyBib to load.
The American Psychological Association (APA) style of citations are most often used for subjects in the sciences and social sciences.
If you find an article or book that you can't access, don't pay for it! Instead, submit an inter-library loan (ILL) request, and you'll receive articles within a few days!
Are you looking for a specific article, like an article that you found referenced in a bibliography? Search for the journal in Journal Finder, linked below:
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