The first step to finding sources that address your research question is developing a search strategy. What's a search strategy? It includes identifying the key words in your research question; brainstorming synonyms, narrower terms, and broader terms for those key words; trying different combinations of those search terms; and using filters and other advanced search techniques to limit your results to the most relevant sources.
On this page, you'll learn how to:
You will be most successful finding information about your topic if you search with the same words that subject experts use to describe your topic. You can discover these words in several ways:
This video walks you through using the VCU Libraries search while gathering concepts to use in future searches or to narrow down your topic further.
This video shows you how to use alternative keywords, narrow your topic, and learn more about mining citations. These search tips will help you look for a wider variety of academic research as well as focus your research question.
The three-part video series below provides an introduction to citation mining, which is a method of finding sources.
The video below describes how to locate and identify ebooks from VCU Libraries Search results, navigate within an ebook, and download chapters or sections of an ebook.