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PADM 650: Principles of Nonprofit Management

Search Term Examples

Be sure to include nonprofit in your searches. If you get too many results, narrow to "nonprofit organizations", or to a specific type of nonprofit.

  • "charitable giving"
  • fundraising
  • marketing
  • leadership
  • "leadership styles"
  • "group dynamics"
  • volunteers
  • accountability
  • "social impact"
  • "public policy"
  • advocacy
  • [specific issue]

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Sample Research terms
(Include these if you have many peer-reviewed results):

  • Best practices
  • Evidence-based
  • Empirical
  • Longitudinal

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Is it a Refereed Article?

Refereed, scholarly, and peer-reviewed are often used interchangeably to mean credible sources rigorously reviewed before publication. These short videos will help you determine (1) whether the publication itself is scholarly; and (2) the type of scholarly article in that publication.