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LIBS 136: Bad Decisions

Research Guide for LIBS 136

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1. How do I search for my topic?

  • Identify the main ideas 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, links are usually not used as tags - don't include them as search words
  • Example: Your research question is: How is the perception of social risk shaped by the availability heuristic?
    • To search for this topic: social risk perception "availability heuristic"
      • "availability heuristic" searches for availability heuristic as a phrase, not separate words

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  •  Use Refine Your Search options to focus your search hits:
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3. I have too many irrelevant search hits. How do I focus them?

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  • Add any relevant tags 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
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