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COMM 218 Stratton: Evaluating & citing sources for presentations

Databases: A reminder

Find articles using keyworeds in a "broad-to-narrow" search strategy

Statement: Are efforts to raise student awareness of colleges and university sustainability programs successful? 

Keywords:          sustainability          colleges                       program

Synonyms:         recycling                  college campuses       methods

                           reuse                       universities               systems

1. Broad topic:  sustainability = 2000+ articles

2. Sub-topic:   "college campus OR University OR higher education" results are now specific to colleges and synonyms.

3. This list still contains newspaper, magazine, and scholarly journal articles.

  • LIMIT results to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals = 1793 scholarly journal articles.
  • Depending on your topic, you may want to limit the publication date as appropriate. Consider topics that change dynamically such as health/medicine, education, technology, etc. 
  • Limit publication date to last 10 years = 1336.
  • Refrain from limiting to Full Text. This may hide useful articles that you can access using the Find It button.
  • Browse results lists quickly/efficiently by reading article abstracts.
  • Citation generator is handy. Still, double-check using APA 7 rules.

Article Databases: By Subject and A-Z List

Keep in mind that research topics are often interdisciplinary. SU Libraries provides access to databases that cover all SU programs and subjects.

Databases A-Z List and by Subject