Finding Good Sources
- Use scholarly research tools - Sites like Tripod and JSTOR make it easier to find academic sources.
- Choose your keywords carefully - What words would you find in the books/articles you want to read?
- Mind your syntax - How you arrange search terms influences your results
- Combine searching and filtering - Use keywords to get a list of results, then use filters to narrow.
How Search Syntax Works
- Use these tips when searching Tripod, JSTOR, Google Scholar, or other scholarly research tools.
When you search for: agriculture AND brazil AND china
What you'll get: Articles that mention all 3 words (agriculture, Brazil, China).
When you search for: agriculture AND (brazil OR china)
What you'll get: Articles mentioning agriculture and Brazil or China.