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Applied Communication

A guide to library and information resources for students in the Scripps College of Communication Applied Communication program.

Tips for Finding Articles

Top 5 Tips for Finding Research Articles 

  • Break up your idea into its smallest parts.
    • Ex: Instead of searching for "gender differences in classroom communication" search for classroom AND communication AND gender   
  • Think about other ways that an author might describe your topic.
    • Ex: Articles about gender differences in any type of communication might also use: (women OR gender OR girls OR men OR boys) 
  • Not sure what search terms to use?
    • Look for information about your article in the background resources listed on this page, or check for your topic on Google or Wikipedia. These are all good sources for finding keywords to use. 
  • Too many articles leaving you overwhelmed?
    • Add more search terms. The more words in your search, the fewer results you should see, since the results will have to include ALL of those words 
  • If you're not finding what you need, contact me. I'd love to talk with you about your research topic and figure out how we can tweak your search to be more useful.