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SOC 2000: Principles of Sociology

Tips for Narrowing or Expanding Your Search

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Ways to narrow your results:

  • limit to certain years only at beginning of search (e.g. last 10 years)
  • add another concept to your search using "and" (e.g. elderly and housing and well-being)
  • limit your results to scholarly or peer-reviewed journal articles only
  • mark (tag) the most relevant articles in your search results and create a smaller list of titles

Ways to expand your results:

  • add synonyms using "or" (e.g. elderly or older adults)

Journal Article and Newspaper Databases

You can use the Library's Catalog Advanced Search to find articles on your topic in the WMU collection.

If you want peer-reviewed articles or articles limited by a specific date range, or limited to a specific subject (topic, discipline), filter boxes are located on the left column. Then select the green filter button to filter your search. Library Search is interdisciplinary and will search all disciplines. In many cases, using an interdisciplinary search you will discover articles from subject areas you find valuable but had not considered prior to the search. That’s a good thing! 

Select this link for more information and tutorials about using Library Search  

Try the following databases for articles in sociology and related areas:

Discipline-Specific Article Databases

There are many article databases for specific disciplines, such as communication, education, psychology, etc.

Choose one of our Library's Subject Guides for the recommended article databases in that field.