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Ohio State Mansfield Help: Research Skills

Library help guide for students of the Ohio State University Mansfield

Searching 101

Searching Overview

Background information

The Basics

Use the resources in this column to help you begin researching your topic. These resources will help you get a better grasp on your topic and can lead you to resources that can help you find some awesome articles, books, and Websites.



Before you start searching, it's a good idea to have a sense of what you'll be doing your topic on. Writing out a sentence or two can help you begin a search that doesn't take hours. Once you know what you're searching for, it's time to pull out the keywords.

If you looked at the Searching 101 tutorial, you will know that keywords are the terms that are the most important words (nouns, adjectives, and adverbs) in your research statement.

Think of it this way, if you were to use hashtags to identify your research statement on social media, these would be considered your keywords. #ohyeah

Check out the links in this column to get you started with your keyword creation.

Research Databases

Ready to get started?

Click on the link below to find databases that you have access to through Ohio State University Libraries. These include Academic Search Complete, JSTOR, the EJC, and many more.

Research Database Page