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Keywords and Boolean Searching

Research Question: How does playing video games affect teenage girls?

 

Concept 1

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Concept 2

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Concept 3

Extract the major concepts from your research question.

teenage

 

girls

 

“video games”

List alternatives for each concept:

  • These can be synonyms, or they can be specific examples of the concept
  • Use single words or short phrases.
  • Find additional terms in abstracts and summaries of articles.

 

Search Terms

Search Terms

Search Terms

adolescent

female

“online games”

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teens

“teenage girls”

Nintendo

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Boolean Searching

Discussion of Scholarly Resources

Anatomy of a Scholarly Article: A guide from North Carolina State University Libraries which dissects a scholarly article.

 

Suggested Search Locations

  1. The first place to look is Academic Search Complete (and EBSCO Host Databases including Business Source Premier and Business Source Elite)
    • Filter by Scholarly
    • Choose last 5 years
  2. The second place to look is General Library Search Tool
    • Use Advanced Search
    • Filter by Scholarly & last 5 years
    • Use other filters
      1. Journal Articles
      2. Subject Terms
  3. The third place to look is Sage Open Access Journals
    • ​​Use advanced search
    • Filter by last 5 years
  4. Google Scholar:
    • Last 5 years
    • Sort by date