A database is an online collection of articles that you can search by topic or keyword. These databases are excellent starting points for your research because they have something on every subject.
Your search strategies will depend partly on the research tools you use. Here are some search tips to get you started.
(Adapted from Rowan University Research Guides)
1. Identify the important nouns or main ideas in your research question.
2. Generate synonyms for each main term, along with words that are narrower, broader, and related.
3. Start searching and modify your search terms as necessary.
Watch this video from to see an example of how to identify search words (aka keywords).
If you are getting 0 search results, try some of these strategies.
Browse current issues of academic journals related to your topic to get a feel for what is currently being researched. This is a great tactic if you have a general idea for your topic, but you aren't sure what direction to take your research.
To find journal issues:
InterLibrary Loan: If the library does not have access to one of these journals, you can browse articles on the journals website and fill out an InterLibrary Loan Request Form.