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Google Scholar is excellent for finding comprehensive research on a topic. Set your preferences to FGCU library or access Google Scholar from our databases page to connect to full text access though the FGCU library.
Find background information on your topic using subject encyclopedias or handbooks. Hint: Search the EagleSearch Box for your topic and combine with encyclopedias or handbooks to see what resources are available. A better understanding of your topic can help you narrow down and focus your search.
Search relevant databases for articles using keywords. Use more than one database!
Are you finding additional terms or subject headings related to your search? Jot down some of these terms and revise your search terms as necessary.
Is your topic researchable?Are you finding enough articles?If not, revise your search or topic and begin the process again.
Selecting Articles For Your Review
To find studies or literature review articles on your topic, combine your topic with such terms as “literature review” OR “empirical study”.(In some databases you can narrow your search to literature reviews, qualitative studies, empirical studies, etc.)
Are there key authors or studies that have been cited numerous times related to your topic?