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AAAS/SOC/HHS 433/533: Race, Ethnicity, & Community Health

Course Research Guide

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Trying to access library resources online? Follow the instructions on the Online Access to Library Resources page to access library databases, articles, and ebooks, both on-campus and off-campus.

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Search FAQs

1. How do I search for my topic?

  • Identify the keywords of your topic 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

Exampleracial disparities in infant mortality. 

  • Search: rac* disparit* "infant mortality" 
    • rac* searches for race and racial
    • disparit* searches for disparity and disparities
    • "infant mortality" searches for infant mortality as a phrase, not separate words

2.How do I focus the search hits to just scholarly sources?

  •  Use the options in the Refine Your Search sidebar to focus your search results to just scholarly sources
    • Click on Scholarly & Peer Review

3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

  • Use the options under Refine Your Search to focus your search hits
  • To articles in your discipline(s) of study:
    • Under Discipline, click on More... to open a list of all Disciplines
    • Click on your discipline(s), i.e. Public Health; Sociology and Social History
    • Scroll to the top of the list of Disciplines and click on Apply
  • ​To focus to sources dealing with your interest areas:
    • Under Subject Terms, click on More... to open a list of all Subject Terms
    • Click on the subjects that interest you to add them to your search, i.e. birth weight; health care access
    • Scroll to the top of the list of Subject Terms and click on Apply
  • When you find an article that looks interesting, look at its assigned tags (words) 
    • Add any relevant tags (words) to your search
    • This will also help you develop your research topics and search for books and articles for them

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

  • As you scroll through the search hits, look at the Subjects (tags) assigned to the relevant articles you find, and see if they match your search words 
  • Subjects (tags) also help you identify the specific populations or issues in your research area

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 sources about that topic. Try different search words that mean the same thing.
  • 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.  
  • Ask Dr. Lacey or the Behavioral Sciences librarian, Nadine Anderson, for help
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