You have a research assignment for this course, where you need to find 8 scholarly books or articles. This guide will help direct you.
Research requires creative thinking, because there's no one best way to find sources. There isn't one search engine where you can find everything; the library website only links you to a variety of databases you can search.
Generally, you need to remember two things:
Always keep these in mind. You need to have a good idea of what you hope to find, and you need some existing knowledge of your topic.
Start with course readings - they give you good background reading so you understand your topic. Then move to the library's databases and search.
Use what you find to help you find more.
There's a very wide range of topics to choose from. Select one that interests you.
Select some key terms to use for searching. You don't enter full sentences or questions into a search box. Think in terms of individual words or phrases that capture your topic.
Review the tutorial on Keyword Searching (on the right) if you need help understanding keywords.
Depending on your topic:
Find a good database to search. This guide is divided by tabs at the top, into sections based on what you want to find. Use it to find the best databases.
Where you look depends on what you're looking for. Generally:
ProQuest is a site that provides several databases useful for scholarly articles in Gender & Women's Studies. Use the link under "Articles" at the top of this page to search several related databases simultaneously.
Use only important key terms for your search.
When you get results, limit them to "scholarly journals" using the limiter on the left side - this eliminates magazine and newspaper articles.
Your search results provide a list of short descriptions, but you can click on a title to get a full record for each item.
Here's a screen capture of a full record in a ProQuest database. Note: