Need to make a quick citation? Use an on-the-fly citation generator. Just be sure to check the accuracy!
Understanding your audience
To create a compelling story, you might want to investigate these three types of sources:
- Popular Magazines to get a view into what the public is reading; use the database Academic Search Premier
- Newspaper articles - Start with the NY Times - see this guide https://guides.library.umass.edu/nytimes then other options https://guides.library.umass.edu/sb.php?subject_id=128867
- Peer-reviewed scholarly research articles
- Government information for statistics and legislation; CRS reports are particularly helpful
Database Search Tools
Target your database search by combining these tools with your strategic keywords.
Using quotes "_____" keeps words together as a phrase. Example: "Climate Change"
Using parentheses (_____) collects like terms. Example: (Sea or Ocean or Coast)
Using an asterisk * at end of of a word returns all the various word endings. Example: Flood* for Flood, Flooded, Flooding
Looking at popular magazines to scaffold information
When starting a research project, it is sometimes helpful to search popular magazines to scaffold information and learn the level of information communicated to a public audience.
The database Academic Search Premier is the ONLY database that will let you search specifically for magazine and trade publications.
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