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ECB 305: Economic Development: Databases

Searching in Library Databases

TIPS FOR SEARCHING IN LIBRARY DATABASES

  • Start the initial search process with 2-3 keywords.  Review the results and pull out a handful of articles that are most relevant to your topic.  Scan those articles for additional keywords or terminology that you might use to expand your search. 
    • Example: if we were interested in searching about the impact of water services in developing countries such as Haiti, we might search using the following keywords: developing world OR developing countr* AND water service
  • Sort your search results by Date Newest so the most current information on a subject is at the top of your results.
  • Use the "Cited References" and "Times Cited in this Database" features contained in many library databases to view a list of resources that have cited the particular article currently being viewed in their own work or are contained within the Reference list of the current article being viewed.
  • Do not limit your search to just one database.  Instead look at a variety of databases both subject specific and interdisciplinary to make sure you are viewing the full scope of literature published on your topic.

FINDING PEER-REVIEWED ARTICLES
Many of our databases make the process of locating peer-reviewed information very easy for us by providing a "Peer-Reviewed" checkbox limiter on the search screen. Look for that checkbox when you're searching in library databases!

What Databases Should I Use?

BEST BET DATABASES
Start your search with these library databases!

OTHER HELPFUL DATABASES