The following techniques can improve your success when searching in the article databases.
Enter phrases in quotes: "reasonable doubt" "free will" "inductive reasoning"
Use truncation symbols to search for alternate word endings: In most databases, entering philosoph* searches for philosophy, philosopher, and philosophical
If one term doesn't work, try a few others. Experiment with different vocabulary related to your topic. Brainstorm ideas for relevant keywords and use background sources like the ones listed in this guide for more suggestions.
The general databases listed below are a good place to begin research but they often provide limited coverage. Use subject-specific databases to find more articles on your topic.
Subject-specific databases offer in-depth coverage of specific disciplines or subject areas. The databases listed below are recommended based on the overall theme of your English 161 course.