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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville
HOW TO SEARCH
Start by brainstorming keywords and writing them down.
This could begin with, Controversy Controversial art architecture disagree disagreement dispute scholars historians
WHERE TO SEARCH
FIND SPECIFIC, AUTHORITATIVE INFORMATION IN SCHOLARLY JOURNALS.
Choose your starting point:
- Use a specialized database focused on your topic. You can find them organized by subject.
Good for topics that cross disciplines.
- Use a large, general database (like Google Scholar or JSTOR).
Good when you want to focus on a particular perspective, like Psychology or Political Science.
- Use a bibliography listing articles available on your topic.
Good when you're having trouble finding what you need.
||Look for "Related Terms" in Encyclopedias to find keywords.
||Remember: The source you select will determine what information you find.
||Consider the source: Is the journal appropriate to your topic? Is the author an authority in the field? What are his/her affiliations?
Don't get discouraged! Finding information that is right for your topic takes time and thought.
If you aren't finding what you need, consider 1) searching for synonyms and alternate terms, 2) choosing another database, or 3) revising your topic.
||It can be hard to remember where and how you've searched. Keep a research journal to avoid duplicating your work.
||Scholarly publications are sometimes called Academic or Peer Reviewed.
Can't find full text? Click the Journal Finder link on the library homepage to see all print and online access to the journal you need.
If we don't have it, just use Interlibrary Loan!