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Soc 390: Research Methods 2: Comparative & Qualitative Research

Secondary Literature

Tips for searching for secondary literature

  • Browse the index or thesaurus to identify subject headings used in the database.
  • Use more general subject terms in order to broaden the subject scope of your search.
  • Use alternate terms with the OR connector; e.g., Latin or Hispanic (NOTE: If you do not specify a connector, many databases will assume that you wish to use the AND connector).
  • Truncate in order to search multiple forms of a term; e.g., citizen* will locate records with citizen, citizens, citizenship, etc.