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GEOG 414: Research & Writing: Find Articles

For students in Dr. Skeeter's course.

Welcome to the GEOG 414 Guide

Depending on your topic, your research needs might be more interdisciplinary in nature, using humanities and social sciences journals rather than just natural sciences journals. I can recommend more databases and search strategies related to your topic.  Let me know if you have questions or need help!

The databases below include large, interdisciplinary collections. They'll be the best places to start searching for your topic to make sure it's new research. 

Google Scholar

Google Scholar Search

Although it can be a challenge using Google Scholar to find full text articles, this freely available search engine is perfect for research projects where you need to see the articles that have already been published about a topic. Google Scholar is not a complete representative of all scholarly journals, so you'll want to check multiple library databases as well. 

Search Tips

Boolean operators: AND, OR, NOT

  • AND combines two search words together. Both must appear in your article, narrowing your results. 
  • OR allows you to search for synonyms or like terms. Only one of the terms must appear in your article, broadening your results. 
  • NOT removes a specific search term from your results.

Quotation marks

  • Phrases "stick together" like they're one term. "climate change"; "blue whale"; Cretaceous period"

Asterisks

  • Add to the end of a root word to find all words that include all words that include that root term. volcan* - volcano, volcanic, volcanology, volcanism

Limiters

  • Usually found on the left side of the screen
  • Narrow by subject, date, or peer-reviewed
  • For this particular project, you want to cast as wide a net as possible (at least at first), so you likely won't use too many limiters. 

 

Large Databases - Best Bets

Other Useful Databases