Arts & Science

A guide to the resources and search techniques of use to students taking ASCI courses.

Tutorials

Databases

These databases could be good starting points for research.  They're very general in their coverage.

  • They contain BOTH scholarly and non-scholarly content (ie. magazines and newspapers), so be sure to select the type of resource that's appropriate for your topic. 
    • After you search and see your results list, use the limiters provided to select the type of article you need.
  • When you see something that looks potentially useful, click on the title to see the detailed description.  There may be information on this page that leads you to MORE articles:
    • Look at the References (Works Cited) of one article to see what the authors used for their research.
    • Look at what other articles have cited this one.
    • Look at "Related" articles.
    • Click on an author's name to see what else they've written.
  • Get SERIOUS about search terms!
    • Don't use full sentences or questions.
    • Select a couple of important terms that should appear in every article.
      • Join them with AND and OR.  (See the Keyword tutorial for details.)
        • AND finds all items that have BOTH terms in the description - to NARROW results.
        • OR finds items with ONE term or the other - to BROADEN results.
    • Be creative.  Think about different ways to express your topic.
EXAMPLES

creative or creativity
"creative process"
creativity and science
creativity and education