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HD 2180: Human Development Adulthood and Aging (Spring 2014): Getting Started

Finding and identifying key scholarly articles

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About this Guide

By the end of this class you'll be able to:

    1. Locate background material on their topic in order to broaden or narrow your research topic and determine appropriate keywords.
    2. Understand the difference between empirical research and other types of literature (i.e. review articles)
    3. Use citation analysis tools and journal impact factors to determine the importance of a research article.
    4. Develop search strategies to successfully find peer-reviewed, high-impact articles relevant to your topic using the tools in Web of Science and your keywords.


      Getting started with your research

      The Getting Started worksheet below is a guide to help you begin your research and determine keywords for your search.

      EXERCISE: Using the Getting Started worksheet, state your topic as a phrase or question, break it up into the main concepts you need to search, and think of keywords. Also think about what kind of information you need (background, peer-reviewed primary research articles, conference proceedings, foundation or think tank reports, etc).

      Where do you most often find scholarly articles for your research?

      Where do you most often find scholarly articles for your research?
      Google Scholar: 19 votes (63.33%)
      JSTOR: 5 votes (16.67%)
      Web of Science/Knowledge: 1 votes (3.33%)
      Wikipedia: 1 votes (3.33%)
      Other: 4 votes (13.33%)
      Total Votes: 30

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