Also, think about what you want to know about your topic:
Example paper topic: women in prison
Example questions: Why is the number of women in prison increasing? What is the experience of women who are in prison? Why do most women go to prison? How do mothers who are in prison maintain a relationship with their kids? What are the mental health effects of women who are in prison?
Think about how to incorporate your questions into your search terms:
Example paper topic with question: How do mothers in prison maintain a relationship with their kids?
Example search terms: women, mothers, moms, parents, inmates, offenders, prison, relationship, custody, "mothers in prison", "parenting from prison", "incarcerated parents"
Step 2: Pick a starting point
Choose a starting point for your search based on the types of sources you need to find:
Also known as the search box on the library's home page, this discovery tool allows you to search across multiple databases at once to find a wide variety of sources.
Use this when you:
- Need different types of sources (scholarly journal articles, magazine or newspaper articles, ebooks, etc.)
- Want to get a lot of search results and narrow it down with filters.
- Need a general sense of what has been published about your topic.
- Want to make sure you're getting results from a lot of different disciplines or fields of study.
Access available at IU Kokomo and off-campus with Network ID
Search for articles published in major news outlets, including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, and the Chicago Tribune.
Use this when you:
- Only want news sources, not scholarly journal articles.
- Want to see a wide range of news sources, not just from one outlet.
Access available at IU Kokomo and off-campus with Network ID.