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Mapping Your Research: 7. Use What You Find To Find More

This guide helps with understanding and planning the research process.

Using Sources to Find More Sources

When searching for books and articles, you will use different varitions of the search strategy discussed earlier in this guide.  However, in addition to searching, you can use the sources you find to help you find more.

Subject Terms:

In the both the catalog and article databases, the item's record will provide you with Subject Terms.  You can think of these terms as system supplied keywords that can help with your searches.  If you find a book or article you think fits well with your research, then take a look at the subject terms and see if there are any other words or phrases that you can use in your seaches.  For example, if you found the book, Global Warming and Political Intimidation..., and then took a look at the Subject Terms and noticed that the term Politics and Culture is along the lines of what you are looking for, then you could either click the term and be linked to all the books that contain this subject term, or you could add the term to your search string.  

Bibliographies:

The bibliographies and works cited pages of the articles and books that you find can be a treasure trove of sources.  If for instance you find a particular cited passage in article that is very pertinent to your argument, then you can go to the bibliography at the end of the article and look for the full citation of the source material.  Once you have the citation, you can then search to see if we have the source. 

Finding sources from a citation:

To find an article using it's citation, you will search for the title of the journal that the article was published in, not the title of the article.  You will want to first search in E-Journals and if it is not availalbe online, then try searching the catalog.  If the citation is for a book, you can simply search for the book's title and/or author in the library catalog.  For more help with finding an article by it's citation, please click here

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