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World Cultures and Racial Justice

Created in honor of World Cultures Day 2020

Databases

Search Tips

Use the Boolean Operators (AND, OR, NOT) to improve your search results:

  • use AND to combine search terms: elementary AND "special education" to get results on elementary special education.
  • use OR to combine search terms:  elementary OR "special education" to get results on either elementary or special education.
  • use NOT to combine search terms:  elementary NOT "special education" to get results about elementary that excludes special education

Use truncation to improve your search results:

  • use quotation marks (") to indicate a phrase:  results on "special education" rather than special and education
  • use an asterisk (*) as a wild card: education* will give wider results, education, educational, educations, etc
  • use a question mark (?) to replace a single character:  wom?n will give you both woman and women.

You can also limit your search results to only materials owned by Rockhurst or search for materials from all the other libraries in the Kansas City Cluster.


Use these worksheets to help develop your topic, create keywords and work through catalog or databases searches.

What is a Scholarly Article?

A scientific/empirical/research article reports methods and findings of an original research study conducted by the authors of the article.

You can identify a scientific article by the order in which its contents are presented in the article:

  • Abstract
  • Introduction (with Literature review and background information)
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • References

Research article STUDY HACK:

  1. Read the abstract and conclusion first (sorry, spoiler alert!).
  2. Take notes as you read, even if that just means underlining parts you might want to use later.
  3. Finally, try to ask yourself what do you specifically want out of a source? Looking for pieces of evidence rather filling a “2-5 reliable sources” quota makes it easier to read strategically.

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