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CDA 490

Finding Search Terms

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

 

Concept 1

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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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Places To Look

1. Multi-disciplinary databases: (Academic Search Complete helps you find search terms. Use these same search terms when searching other databases). Each of these databases contains different scholarly and non-scholarly sources. 

3. The General Library Search Tool

  • Use Advanced Search
  • Filter by Scholarly & last 5 years
  • Use other filters
    1. Journal Articles
    2. Subject Terms