Library Research Guide
Once you have decided on your topic, brainstorm keywords to use when you search for articles. You can do this by identifying the most important words or phrases in your research question.
Sometimes the database will tell you what the keywords are, or even suggest other possible keywords to use for more articles. In addition, try looking in the sections of research articles called Keywords, Descriptors, or Subject Headings.
In the Libraries' article databases, you'll use these words to search; unlike Google, these databases do not understand full sentences.
Here is an example:
What were the effects of the Supreme Court's Brown v. Topeka Board of Education on the inclusion of people of color in the larger communities?
Brown v. Topeka Board of Education / segregation / education / communit* / involvement / race
Don't forget to use the * (asterisk) to get results with all forms of the word (communit* for community or communities)
In most cases, there is no one perfect article out there that will tell you everything you need to answer your research question - that's why you're asking it! If you cannot find an article that directly discusses what you need, look for articles that address parts of your topic or other related topics and apply those to yours.
A few databases we recommend starting with for your paper/presentation:
Interdisciplinary and A Great Place To Start
Social Sciences and Data