A. Start with Communications databases.
B. Use the library's Research Guides to find other relevant databases in related fields of study.
BONUS TIP: You can search multiple databases at once if they are produced by the same publisher.
A. Identify and experiment with keywords connected to your research question.
Example research question:
B. Use synonyms to expand your search terms:
(Sample research question based on Madison Marie Parks' 2020 thesis, "Self-Framing of Women in U.S. Politics on Instagram.")
Subject terms are like hashtags and are used to group articles together by topic.
A. Scan search results for subject terms that might be helpful.
B. Try a new search using a subject term. Make sure you update your search menu to "Subject Terms":
A. Instead of using browser bookmarks (which typically fail in subscription databases), find and save database-provided links to successful searches.
I am ALWAYS available to meet -- either in-person or via Zoom -- to discuss your research. Don't wait until you're feeling stuck. Schedule an appointment for a day and time that work well for you. Looking forward to working with you! --Elizabeth