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Choose Search Terms
Before you search for articles or books in the libraries, you should identify your research topic, define major concepts or keywords of your topic, and think of synonyms or related terms.
In the Library Catalog and in Article Databases construct a keyword search using Boolean Operators (AND, OR and NOT)
- AND: Used to combine keywords or concepts. e.g. Arab Spring AND Economy
- OR: Used to obtain results containing any of the mentioned keywords. e.g. Arab Spring OR Revolution
- NOT: Used to exclude a word or a concept. e.g. Arab Spring NOT Tunisia
Tutorials and guides on various search strategies
Search Strategies from Arizona State University
How to Generate Keywords from University of Texas at Austin
Evaluate Your Sources
When it comes to research, you need to use authoritative sources that support your arguments.
Criteria used to evaluate books, periodical articles, or web sources are similar
Guides on How to Evaluate
Where is the Article?
- If you do not find the full text of an article, look for the icon to check if the library has the article online or in print.
- Are you looking for a specific article that you know its title and other citation information?
- Use Citation Linker to see if AUB libraries possess a copy of the article.
Search for the title of the journal (not the title of the article) in Journal/ eBook Finder to see if the journal is available electronically or in print.