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Shiny Green Apple

This guide shows you how to use a library database to access articles from scholarly journals (also called academic or peer-reviewed journals) that are no more than five years old.

 

Evaluating Sources

There's a lot of information out there, but not all of it is appropriate for your research. You'll need to evaluate what you find and an easy way to evaluate is with the TRAAP Test. TRAAP stands for Timeliness, Relevance, Authority, Accuracy and Purpose. Click on the PDF link below to learn more.

Search Terms

Synonymous, Broader, Narrower Terms

Before you start your search, think about your search terms. Determine the main idea(s) in your research question or topic. These will be your search terms. For example, if your research question is Should capital punishment be abolished?, then your search term is capital punishment. Make a list of synonymous terms, broader terms and narrower terms. Here's another look at this research question and a few related terms.


Example related search terms for capital punishment are the synonymous term "death penalty," the broader term "execution," and a narrower term of "lethal injection."


VisuWords

Can't think of any related terms? Try this online graphical dictionary and thesaurus.

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