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COMM2650 Foundations of Language : Locating Articles

Research, literature review,

Search Tip: Keywords

It is usually a good idea to start out broadly, so using just one or two of your topic terms is a good way to begin. Once you have a set of results, you can begin narrowing down your results by entering one or more terms. Searching in a specific field such as "Subject" or "Title" will narrow or focus your results.

Search Tip: Truncation

Truncation Finds Multiple Word Forms

The asterisk (*) is usually used to search words with the same root:

 Person* =  Personal, Personality, Personable,  etc.

Wildcard symbols (usually a ‘?’) replace a single letter:

Wom?n = Woman, Women

Search Tip: Use the References

Once you locate a few good articles on your topic, be sure to review the references to other articles that are cited. This is a great way to locate related research articles on your topic. Many databases also provide a link to these articles if they are available electronically. If you don't find a link, be sure to check the Library's Journals Search to see if it's available. If not, you can always use our awesome Interlibrary Loan Service

Locating Research Articles

These will be the most relevant databases for your research for this class. If you want to explore additional databases, check out the additional Databases section on the library homepage to explore more. 

The links below the databases are saved searches using descriptors/subject terms. Feel free to click on the links to view the results. You can swap out the keywords to fit your topic. 

Scholarly vs Popular

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