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HHS 440: Medical Sociology

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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

Example: The topic for your research project is: What polices have an effect on racial disparities in infant mortality?

  • A search about this topic could be: rac* disparit* "infant mortality" polic*
  • Add an * to the end of a word stem to search for all words that begin with that word stem
    • rac* will search for race and racial
    • disparit* will search for disparity and disparities
    • polic* will search for policy and policies
  • Put a phrase in quotation marks to search for its words as a phrase, not separate words
    • "infant mortality" searches for infant mortality as a phrase, not separate words

2. How do I focus the search hits to just recent, peer-reviewed journal articles?

  •  Use Refine Your Search in Summon to focus your search results to just peer-reviewed articles
  • Peer-reviewed articles:
    • Check the box beside Limit to articles from peer-reviewed publications
    • Check the box beside Journal article under Content Type
  • Current/Recent articles:
    • Under Publication Date, move the scroll bar over to 2006 to present

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

  • Add "United States" to your search to focus your search hits to articles about the United States
  • 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 
    • 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 
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