Finding Scholarly Articles
- Consider how your argument might be broken down into keywords or phrases.
- Compile a list of synonyms for those keywords. What other terms might scholars use to talk about your topic, and how do these terms reflect the type of argument scholars are making? (E.g., memory vs. nostalgia)
- Consider which intersections among your keywords will be useful for searching
Indentify disciplines that are relevant to your research question. Also consider the ways in which your question might reside outside traditional discplines or cut across them.
Tracing Cited References
Researchers can often find useful scholarship by identifying one particularly relevant book or article and seeing which sources that text cites. With print texts, this process might involve checking the bibliography. In some databases, you can also trace citations forward in time and find subsequent material that cites a particularly useful resource. Use the following databases to find a relevant resource and then see which later texts cite the one with which you start. Keep in mind, however, that the citations will no be comprehensive—i.e., the citations will often be limited by the scope of the database in which you're working.
Searching for Articles
Begin your search with the relevant subject-specific or multidisciplinary databases listed below. To search many journal databases at once, use Tripod Articles. To identify subject-specific databases not listed below, use Research Guides.
Once you have found relevant resources, use the button to get full-text copies the articles.