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Social Studies Subject Guide: Palma Seminar

Palma Seminar: Resources for Research

Palma Seminar: Some Resources

Database PASSWORDS

LOGINS & PASSWORDS

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Search Skills: The Basics

Search Skills

Brainstorm a list of keywords and phrases relevant to your question, and include synonyms.  Don't skip this step!  Think about synonyms for your keywords and phrases.

Use quotation marks for exact phrases:

  • ex:  "creation myth"
  • ex:  "death penalty"

Wild cards find all versions of a word when added after the word's root:

  • ex:  mortal* finds mortal, mortally, mortality, mortalities, etc.
  • ex: cost* finds cost, costs, costing, etc.

Start with a general search, and narrow it down as you look through your results.

Read abstracts when they are available.  They're brief summaries of the contents of a long, complex article.  Abstracts are hugely helpful. NOTE:  A small percentage of articles in JSTOR include abstracts.

Need Help? Ask Sue, Dave or Derek! 

Best Databases for Social Studies Research on Various Topics

ONLINE REFERENCE BOOKS

COUNTRY INFORMATION


CURRENT EVENTS 

ECONOMICS

GOVERNMENT DOCUMENTS
GovInfo
Use this governmental search engine to find the Congressional Record, information on Congress, lawmakers, Presidential documents, reports, and more.  Try the Advanced Search. 
 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES 

OREGON HISTORY

PSYCHOLOGY

GOOD ALL-AROUND HISTORY INFO

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