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First Year Program Learning Communities: Finding More

Finding More by Searching Author Name

In scholarly publishing, authors develop a particular area of expertise or area of interest.  Typically, they will author several books and/or articles on a topic.  Search Articles, books & more and other databases by the authors name to see if there is more you can use for your paper.

Let's say I found this great article on Peace Education

Click on the authors name to see if he/she has written any more on this topic

Example image of what Primo returns when looking up an article and where the author is located

The library holds 58 articles and books published by Betty Reardon, many of which are on the topic of peace education.

Find More by Using Related Articles Links

Some databases offer a link to find other articles similar to the one selected.  Look for a link that says - related articles, see similar documents, more like this, find similar results, related citations, etc.

Here's are a few examples of what to look for:

image states find similar results using smart text searching

image states more like this, see similar documents, search with indexing terms

image states related citations in PubMed

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Find More by Mining the References

When you've found a really great article or book on your topic, remember to look at the list of references provided by the author.  Often there will be other books and articles in the list that you may want to find.  If you notice a particular article being referenced in several of your sources, you may have stumbled upon a seminal work on the topic.  It would be a good idea to track it down for your paper as well. Here's an example of an article from a reference list that I might want to track down:

image shows article Gender and Nationalism by Banergee, Sikata. 2003, from Women's Studies Internal Forum 26(2): 167-79


Find More by Using Subject Terms

Most databases allow researchers to utilize subject terms to find other articles or books on a particular topic.  Databases may use different terminology to refer to this concept.  Some examples are - descriptor, subject, subject term, subject thesaurus, topic, and MESH (for medical databases). 

Here are some examples of what to look for:

image states subject terms; self-efficancy, learning, mathematics, students, study skills

image shows subject terms: self-efficacy, learning, mathematics, students, study skills

Image states Descriptors: science achievement, educations assessment, science tests, scores, differences, racial differences, economically disadvantages, ...

image states Mesh Terms; Adult, Attitude to Health, Faculty/statistics & numerical data, female, health promotion / methods, health status, humans, interpersonal relations, male , ...