The resources here will provide you with academic material for your essay. When you select and read articles, be aware of the following issues:
The databases below allow you to search for journal articles by subject. Use the filters to focus your search results by such categories as type of publication (scholarly versus popular) or by publications years.
When you find a title of interest, if the full text is not immediately available (as in JSTOR and Proquest), use the Find It button to check for Haverford's holdings.
Journal Databases Covering All Subject Areas
Subject-Specific Journal Databases
Usually researchers find more sources by looking at the footnotes in an article or book, but these will always be older than the publication you have in hand.
Citation indexes like the Web of Science (which includes sections for the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Science) are set up to search for sources cited in the footnotes of journal articles as soon as they become available.
This allows you to find newer articles which cite the books and articles you already know are key for your topic. By relying on connections between authors rather than subject words and by moving forward in time, citation searching can open up new avenues of research.
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Journal articles provide in-depth scholarly information for your research. They are vetted and improved by peer review prior to publication. They form an important part of the communication network that makes research available, prompts discussion, and identifies new issues to resolve.
When searching in journal databases, these strategies will get better results:
* Truncation: Shorten search words with an asterisk to get all the forms
politic* will get politics, political, politicians
OR: Link synonyms with OR and group them with parentheses
(immigra* OR international*)
AND: Combine topics that you want to see together
nepal* AND philadelphia AND refugee*
" " Phrase: Use quotation marks to search for words together in that order
"reading terminal" "philadelphia refugee health collaborative"
Focus: Choose where the database is searching. It may be set automatically for keyword. You can make the search more precise by looking instead for title words only or for subjects.
Results: Look at the articles retrieved for additional ideas and concepts. Then change your search terms for additional results