Step One: Formulate a Search Strategy
- What are 2-3 keywords that best describe your topic?
- Are there alternate ways your topic might be expressed?
- Are there any commonly-used phrases?
- Can you describe, in one or two sentences, exactly what you are looking for?
Step Two: Search for Your Topic in a Library Database:
- At the Salem State University Library home page, click "Find Articles and More."
- This opens the page "Databases - Find Articles, Statistics, E-Books, Periodicals.
- Scroll to "Databases by Name," A-Z, or "Databases by Subject - Business and Economics."
Choose one of the following databases:
Step Three: Evaluate Results
- Scrutinize the list of articles that appear when you execute your search.
- Which most closely describe your topic?
- Read these first.
- Look at the subject headings/descriptors in the citation for articles you especially like.
- Clicking on these will lead to additional relevant articles.
Step Four: Revise Your Search
- If you do not like the articles you have retrieved, consider revising your search strategy and/or choice of databases.
- Try your search again in another database.
- Use synonyms in place of some of your keywords.