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LEAD 502 - Developing Scholars Seminar

This guide is for students enrolled in the Developing Scholars seminar as they develop annotated bibliographries in anticipation of publishing or presenting about their research.

Searching Tips: Databases

Searching these resources is different from searching the Internet. K-State Libraries pays to subscribe to the databases; they are not found in an online search.

  • Keywords: Break your topic into key concepts; list relevant terminology/keywords and synonyms.
    • AND = both concepts must be present, limits the search (Ex. stormwater AND management)
    • OR = great for synonyms, expands the search  (Ex. "universal design" OR "inclusive design")
    • NOT = exclude an unrelated term, limits the search (Ex. "nigel coates" NOT "book review")
  • Advanced search: Search fields like journal title, publication date, institution, etc.
  • Subject headings: Use the language/terminology of a database by looking for a Thesaurus, Subject Headings, Subjects, Keywords, or Descriptors.
  • Truncation: Includes all possible endings: teen* searches for "teen", "teens", "teenager", "teenagers", etc.
  • Wildcard: Replaces any character: wom?n searches for "women" or "woman."
  • Help: Click help or for database-specific instructions.