The cornerstone of scholarly research is the peer review process. Articles are reviewed by experts prior to publication. These experts (peers) consider the validity of the author(s) methods, findings and conclusions.
Prior to searching library databases, take a few minutes to consider which search terms or keywords best describe your topic.
Sample Topic: Group Therapy for kids struggling with the loss of a family member.
Step 1 - Identify the main ideas - Group Therapy for kids struggling with the loss of a family member
Step 2 - Brainstorm Broader, Related and Narrower Terms. Remember that Scholarly articles are published by experts, consider the language that an expert would use.
Use Boolean Operators AND, OR and NOT to create Search Statements.
Problem: No Results. Broaden your results. Try using OR instead of AND. Try fewer keywords, use broader keywords.
Problem: Too Many Results. Narrow your results. Use AND or NOT. Use limiters such as Date Range or Subject. Add more keywords.
Once you find a good article, go through the Reference List. Often, authors will cite other articles on your topic. Check to see if the library has these articles by searching for the Journal Title in Journal Search.