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Political Science Research Resources

Resources to support the courses taught by Dr. John Occhipinti and Paola Fajardo-Heyward

PSC Research Resources

  • Identify Keywords: identify relevant keywords and related terms for your topic.

            What is the connection between smoking and depression among teens?

            Describe various uses of pets as therapy for children with developmental delays.

  • Synonyms & Related Terms

    Try to think of different words that describe your topic.

          smoking = cigarettes, nicotine
          depression = depressed, mental health
          teens = teenagers, adolescents, youth

          pets = animals, dogs, cats
          therapy = treatment, rehabilitation
          developmental delays = developmental milestones, physical development,
             a specific developmental delay such as communication or gross motor skills

  • Broad & Narrow Terms

    Sometimes you may choose a topic that little has been written about. Try to think of a broader term that encompasses your topic. The more general the search, the more likely you are to retrieve additional records.

    Broad = bodies of water         Narrow = ponds


  • Use the word AND

    When you enter a long phrase, some databases interpret this as if you were asking that all the words must appear in that exact order. Break up your keywords using the word ‘AND

                     smoking and depression and teens

                    animals and therapy and children


  • "Phrase Searching"

    Putting “quotes” around your search words tells the database that you are looking for that exact phrase.

    "pet therapy"    "animal abuse"


  • Truncation

    Search for all alternate endings of a word. Type the root of the word and then an asterisk*


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