Q. How do I find current research on my topic (any topic: science, child development, chemistry, etc.)

I am doing a report/project/paper and I need magazines, newspapers, web resources or journals.


Approach this research process in multiple steps:

Begin with books and encyclopedic sources to gain a general, academic understanding of your topic and the issues therein.  Use keywords and subject terms: don't use a "Google" search string, but instead break up your big idea into keywords and subject terms (watch this handy tutorial here).   

  • Use the Research Guide prepared for topical researching.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library (click the link into the A-Z Database link provided, or navigate to the research guide), Opposing Viewpoints, SIRS and Salem Press are all academic (therefore highly recommended by your professor) resources that you may use.
  • The Library Catalog and look for books.
  • Finally, for academic journals, navigate to EBSCO (Academic Search Premiere) or Academic One File databases, and try different combinations of keywords and subject terms. 
    • Examples:
      • fast food AND children;
      • advertising AND children;
      • children AND attachment;
      • parenting AND attachment;

Your topic is VERY BIG, but librarians are experts at finding and narrowing into useful, timely and ACADEMIC research.  Come in and talk to one of us today!  Send us an email too: refdesk@mccd.edu

Happy researching!

  • Last Updated Feb 21, 2018
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  • Answered By Karrie Bullock

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