Learn Effective Database Search Strategies
(The following are suggestions to improve your search results)
Use different search terms or key words
a. Try using other words to describe your topic, it will give you better results.
b. Examples: urban and leadership, cities and administration, leadership and nonprofit
Truncation or wildcard (*)
a. This will locate alternate endings for your search term.
b. Example - lead* to find leaders, leader, leadership, etc.
c. Note: Some databases use different symbols; consult the help page for the correct symbol
Try different databases
a. Each database contains unique material, so searching a different database may yield more relevant research.
a. Each database has a page with tips to help you effectively search that resource.
You will have to narrow down your research topic whether the topic comes from your professor or you choose it yourself. You may know the aspect of a topic you want to research; however, if you need help with this, below are some tips on how to do this.
For example, you have to write a paper on high school dropouts; there are various aspects of this issue to write about. To narrow down this topic, ask the basic questions:
By applying one or two questions, you can narrow down your topic.
If you are still having trouble narrowing down your topic, search the internet to see what is being discussed. At this point, you are not looking for resources. You are just looking on the web to generate ideas for your research topic.
To obtain official data sources on Google, remember to type in site:.gov after your keywords. Search example: "teen pregnancy statistics" site:.gov
Use Time-saving Library Services
UNLV Interlibrary Loan: Use this account to get articles, books, and other resources from our interlibrary loan system that are not available through UNLV Libraries for free by clicking HERE to set up an account.
Google Scholar is a subset of Google that is designed to search for academic and scholarly articles and books online.
UNLV Graduate Workshops: Check out the wide variety of workshops we will be having throughout the semester for grads!
Research Consultations: If you would like to schedule a time that is convenient for your schedule to discuss your research, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-895-2141.
What is RefWorks?
RefWorks is a web-based bibliographic software package that enables you to:
"New" RefWorks Instructions