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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]


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

  • Best practices
  • Evidence-based
  • Empirical
  • Longitudinal

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Search the databases in this section for materials on issues and public policies of concern to nonprofit organizations that affect societies at the global, national, regional, or local level, e.g., mental illness, homelessness, education, health care, criminal justice, arts and entertainment.


Search the databases in this section for materials on management issues of concern to nonprofit organizations. There are many parallels between the for-profit and non-profit sectors in the areas of financial management, human resources, employee development, and organizational behavior, among others.


The following three databases cover many different subjects, but none in great depth. Very good for retrieving materials from other disciplines.

4. Cited References Search

Web of Science provides ways to find out how many times an article has been cited. Caveat: Much stronger in the sciences than in the social sciences.

Basic Search: Enter a topic, e.g., "vocational rehabilitation", sort results by 'Times Cited,' and then use the limits on the left, e.g., 'PUBLIC, ENVIRONMENTAL & OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH.'

Cited Reference Search: Select to find articles citing a noted author and/or article.