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ECON 4065 - History of Economic Thought

This subject guide supports the research assignments for this course.

Using the Library

This guide is meant to provide helpful guidance in using the library's resources for research projects. In addition to searching our books, e-books, journals, and databases,  don't forget about the human resource of the librarians! We are here to help if you get stuck , or need advice to get started. 

Mardigian Search

Search all library materials (books, articles, media) at one time.  In the Mardigian Search box on the library's web page, type in any word that matches the topic you are looking for.

You can sort results by year, additional subjects, search only book, journals, newspapers, etc.

Search Strategies

Check out the library's self-paced tutorial How do I search library databases? to learn the basics of database searches.

1. What is Mardigian Search and why should I use it?

  • Mardigian Search is the library's Discovery search box, which looks through all of the library's databases at once.
  • Mardigian Search is great for:
    • finding out what's been studied in your research area
    • finding sources about interdisciplinary topics
  • Check out the library's self-paced tutorial What are library databases and why should I use them? for more information

2. How do I search for articles that  describe my themes, concepts, or arguments?

  • Identify the keywords of your argument and use those as your search words
  • Each article has tags assigned to it, words or shorts phrases that make them searchable - you want your search words to match those tags
  • Words like factors, effects, issues, relationships are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • Example conceptprimate social cognition
    • Search words: primate "social cognition"
      • "social cognition" will search for it as a phrase, not two separate words

3. How do I focus the search hits to relevant articles that meet my assignment requirements?

  • Use the Refine Your Search  sidebar in the list of search results to focus your search hits
  • Peer-reviewed articles:
    • Click on Peer Review 
    • Click on Journal article under Content Type
  • Current/Recent articles:
    • Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2006 to present
  • To Anthropology articles
    • Under Discipline, click on anthropology 

4. How do I know my search words match the tags assigned to articles about my topic?

  • As you scroll through the search results, look at the assigned tags (words), and see if they match your search words 
  • Example: The list of search hits includes articles tagged with social cognition and articles tagged with social knowledge. They're used interchangably.
    • Change your search to primate ("social cognition" OR "social knowledge")
      • OR searches for soures that are tagged with either of these two concepts

5​. How do I preview the abstract/summary of articles in the list of search hits?

  • Click on Preview below the article description

6. How do I access the article so I can read the whole thing?

  • Click on Full Text Online
  • Look for pdf Full Text or HTML Full Text links

7. I can't find anything on my topic. What do I do?

  • The search words you're using to describe your topic may not match the tags that have been assigned to books and articles on that topic
    • Look through the Subject terms in the Refine Your Search sidebar and check the boxes beside the topic areas that interest you
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags/subjects
    • Add any relevant tags to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research questions and search for articles about your specific research questions 
  • There may not be research tying your main ideas together yet
    • Try searching for your main ideas separately and linking their findings together
  • If you've found one article that's relevant for your topic, look through the sources in its References list to see if any of them are also relevant to your research
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