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Background Research

Reference materials are good starting points for research projects because they can provide:

  • background or introductory information on a topic
  • terminology or additional keywords to use in further searches
  • a bibliography listing other materials on a topic
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Finding Articles

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Searches books, ebooks, articles, journals, and more. To narrow down your search, use the tools on the left-hand side of your results screen.

Advanced Search

Suggested Databases

Below is a list of databases I recommend for searching on this topic. If you need a refresher on how to search the databases, take a look at our tutorial.If you need help with searching, you can make an appointment with me and we can search together.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is another resource for finding research articles. Look on the right hand side of the screen for the "Full-Text@MCLA" links that will bring you to the article in one of our databases. You can also look for the free PDFs listed on the right hand side. The best tool in Google Scholar is the citation link under each result. This will show you other articles that cited that article in their references. If you find a great article, be sure to check what else has cited it for more relevant results.

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Request through Interlibrary Loan by using the arrows under the citation the Check for Full-Text link

full-text link in google scholar