When you do research for an assignment, you will think about the types of sources you need to support your topic. While the internet has many sources you can use, research assignments may require more academic or scholarly sources.
Academic sources are written by instructors, other researchers, professors, and experts in that field. They usually have more complicated language and provide references or other sources they use to support their topic in the form of citations. Academic sources can most easily be found in library databases than on the internet.
If you have a topic you would like to explore, you will want to develop keywords to search the library databases or OneSearch. You can create keywords by determining the main ideas in your research question or topic.
Tips on Keywords:
Research Topic Example:
I want to find resources on the following research question: How does social media affect body image in women?
For my topic, I need to look at WHAT is important, WHO I'm talking about, and Where does this happen (which mediated popular culture platform causes the effect or delivers the rhetoric).
My keywords can be: WHAT: "body image"; WHO: women; WHERE: "social media"
Note: We can put body image and social media in quotation marks to search them as phrases: "body image" AND women AND "social media"
Example Search in the OneSearch Database:
These videos from ProQuest Research Companion provide guidance on how to find information for any research project.
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