What are the main issues?
What kinds of information do you need?
Where is that information available?
Write down terms that relate to your subjects
Determine vocabulary that may be used in a database
10-15 pages long
Published in an academic journal
Contains words like: data, participants, results, methodology, discussion, further research
Written by academics or researchers
ways to tell it’s an Empirical Article
Narrows a search
Both terms appear in same record
Terms have different meanings
example: food and consumption
Broadens a search
Either term may appear in record
Terms have similar meanings
example: adultery and cheating
Can look for multiple endings of a word or plurals
measure* measure measures
Allows you to specify how close you want your terms to appear in the record
online w4 interaction within 4 words
Constructing your search connect your variables
Fast Food and Consumption
Food consumption and united states
(Cuisine or Food) and cultural identity
Dissecting your topic
5 ways to start your search effectively
1.Pick the correct database
2.Match your terminology to the database
3.Search more than one database
4.Keep track of your citations in refworks
5.Contact me for help BEFORE you get frustrated!
2 Ways to Search- Not every search is alike!
Databases by Topic
OneSearch allows you to find information in an expansive search.
The databases by topic allow you to find articles in a specific discipline and use more advance terminology
Searches for books, articles and reports across many databases
Select Sociology to start with!
Getting the Article
If the record isn’t full text
Click on Get@CSULB to determine availability
Need even more Help?
September 18 1-2pm
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November 6 2-3pm
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All sessions held in Spidell 2
1 on 1 help with your papers- ASA/APA Style – Checking sources – Integration of articles into your papers