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Expect to adjust your search terms when you are working with different databases.
For high-content databases like QuickSearch and our newspaper databases, focus your results by using more than one term, for example: expertise AND "social media".
For more specialized or lower-content databases, like Credo for encyclopedias, using two or three concepts may narrow your results too much. If this happens, reduce your search to a single term, for example: expertise.
This survey study by Pew Research Center suggests that Americans' confidence in scientists and other authorities is declining. Based on a survey conducted November 30 to December 12, 2021.
Find an academic encyclopedia article on your topic.
Specialized encyclopedias are great sources of background knowledge on new topics. They can also provide leads on other sources to consult.
Use the library's CREDO database to find specialized encyclopedias on this topic. Make sure your article:
Is at least 1000 words long.
Was published after 2010 (publication info is usually at the bottom of CREDO articles).
Find a recent news article on your topic.
The library offers several databases for news sources. US Newsstream and Access World News are two of the best. US Newsstream is a little easier to work with, but Access World News has more content, especially for Nevada issues. Both feature filters on the left that let you narrow results by date, region, or news source.
Find a news article on your topic. Be sure that your article is:
Substantial -- more than a blurb or an announcement.
From 2021 or later.
From a newspaper or magazine you have heard of before.
Searchable current and recent articles from newspapers, including Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.
Full text of articles from major national newspapers: The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, USA Today. Also included are the New York Times Book Review, the New York Times Magazine, and the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Find scholarly journal articles related to your topic.
The QuickSearch database on the library home page works great for this. Just make sure to use the filter on the right for Peer-Reviewed Journals.
Use the QuickSearch database to find a scholarly journal article on your topic. Make sure your article:
Was published after 2010.
Was written by authors with expertise that relates to your area of research.
Where do all of these databases come from?
QuickSearch is the search box centrally featured on the Libraries home page. The other databases can be found under Databases A to Z -- the link is just below the QuickSearch search box.