Each guide contains recommended keywords you can browse for ideas.
Starting With Broad Topic?
When starting with a broad topic, search for Background Information. As you gather information, look at some of the ideas presented as ways of narrowing your topic.
Academic Search Complete (EBSCO)This link opens in a new windowAcademic Search Complete offers an enormous collection of full-text journals, providing users access to critical information from many sources unique to this database. In addition, it includes peer-reviewed full text for STEM research, as well as for the social sciences and humanities. Scholarly content covers a broad range of important areas of academic study, including anthropology, engineering, law, sciences and more.
Gale Opposing ViewpointsThis link opens in a new windowFrom a topic page, browse through the Viewpoint essays to look for ideas of narrowing your topic. When you click on an article you are interested in, look at the Subjects for more ideas for possible keywords.
ProQuest - Search AllThis link opens in a new windowType in your topic in your own words, then use the Suggested Subjects to refine your search. When you click on a subject heading, you will need to recheck Full Text and click the search button.
Gale PowerSearchThis link opens in a new windowSearch all Gale/InfoTrac databases.
Starting With Narrow Topic?
When starting with a very specific idea, here are ways to broaden the search:
Pick out the most important words from your Research Question/Topic Sentence.
Combine words and phrases with the connector AND.
Take out prepositions (of, from, to, etc.).
Look at the Subject Headings in whatever database you're searching to improve your search.