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 have modern tv comedies portrayed the afterlife?
Keywords: Modern tv comedies, afterlife
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
modern tv comedies AND afterlife
Too few results? Use OR to broaden results
modern tv comedies OR comedy show OR television comedy AND afterlife OR "life after death" OR heaven
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.
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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