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SPCO 200 Research Guide

General Research Tips

  • Start by brainstorming keywords, synonyms or acronyms related to your topic.
  • Use AND (narrows), OR (broadens), or NOT (excludes) to link your keywords together to create focused searches.
  • Click on subject links to find similar articles.

Electronic Resources
Academic Search Complete
Use Academic Search Premier to begin your research for articles in scholarly (peer reviewed) journals and popular magazines. This database contains the full-text of many articles in either Adobe Acrobat PDF or HTML. If the full-text is not available, click on “Find It!” to see if the full-text is available in another database.

Search Tips for Academic Search Complete

  • Use the AND, OR, or NOT boxes to link multiple keyword concepts.
  • Clicking the "Full Text" checkbox will only retrieve articles included in the database.
  • Clicking the "Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals" checkbox filters out articles in popular magazines.
  • Clicking the "Cover Story" checkbox to find articles that normally provide a good overview of a topic.

LexisNexis Academic - News search
LexisNexis Academic provides access to a wide range of national, international, and business news. You will also find transcripts from radio and television news programs.

Search Tips

  • Use AND or OR to search with multiple keyword concepts.
  • Use W/N* to find search terms within a certain number (N) of words of each other. Examples: donald W/2 trump
  • Use W/S to find documents with search words in the same sentence or use W/P to find documents with search words in the same paragraph; cannot be combined with W/N.
  • Use AND NOT to exclude articles that contain the word or phrase following it. Use this with caution because it can exclude relevant articles. Always use at the end of your search. Example: (michael W/2 jordan) AND NOT basketball OR bulls

Electronic Reference Books (ABC-CLIO)
Use these to generate ideas for your speech. Click on a title to browse its table of contents or do a keyword search.

The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press
Provides survey results on a wide variety of issues, information from various polls, datasets from the surveys, and current important topics in the news.

Print Resources
Facts on File: World News Digest (REF D 410. F3) - Shelved in Reference Collection
Contains brief overviews of news and current information from a variety of newspapers and news magazines around the world. Goal is to cover news topics that will be of lasting significance. Updated weekly.

Keesing’s Record of World Events (REF D 410. K4) – Shelved in Reference Collection
Provides records of current events and modern history grouped by geographic location (Africa, Americas, Asia – Pacific, Europe, Middle East – Arab World, and International). Updated monthly.

Editorials on File (REF D 410.E3) – Shelved in Reference Collection
Contains selected editorials from 150 daily North American newspapers. For each topic addressed by the editorials there is a factual summary of the relevant events. Updated twice per month.

Reference Shelf (CB5 .R4) – Circulating books shelved on the upper level book stacks
Each book in this series contains more than 20 articles from a wide variety of sources that discuss current topical issues. The articles included in each volume provide various viewpoints on the topic, providing both factual and analytic insights. Each book contains 20 or more additional abstracts and a bibliography for further research on the topic.

Cite It!
The Research Assistance page has links to numerous web sites that can help you create the citations for the articles and books you quote in your speech. The Library has the latest print editions of the Manual of the American Psychological Association and the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, shelved next to the Reference Desk.

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