Develop A Topic - Part 2 (How Do I Find Journal Articles?)

[an error occurred while processing this directive] To provide further detail or definitions on your topic, explore reference materials such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, almanacs, handbooks, and statistical sources. As you read more about a subject, write down the unique or distinct words used when the topic is described. These will aid in your search for additional information.


Once you have defined your topic, and have a list of keyword terms, you're now ready to begin developing your search strategy to find journal and magazine articles using the University Libraries Electronic Resources. Use the words AND, OR and NOT to broaden or narrow your search. These terms are often referred to as Boolean Operators. Let's look closer at how these terms would work when used in a search:

A search for media and perception will locate records containing both the word media and the word perception.
A search for women or woman will locate all records containing either word.
A search for media not television will locate records containing the word media but not the word television.