Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles are written by experts in academic or professional fields. They are excellent sources for finding out what has been studied or researched on a topic as well as to find bibliographies that point to other relevant sources of information.
Keyword searching uses the words AND / OR as powerful connectors between keyword terms to tell a database or catalog how to search according to a system of Boolean logic.
1. Turn your research question or statement into keywords:
Confirmation bias, promoted by regular use of social media, has a negative impact on students' critical thinking skills.
"confirmation bias" "social media" "critical thinking"*
*"Quotes" are used to indicate a phrase is being searched for. Put quotes around two-or-more word combinations.
2. Make a list of synonyms for each of the terms or concepts:
|"confirmation bias"||"social media"||"critical thinking"|
|"echo chamber"||"social networking sites"|
3. Use Boolean logic to connect these keywords into a search statement.
"social media" and "confirmation bias"
*Your results will show only articles that contain both terms, or phrases. This connector serves to narrow your results.
"confirmation bias" or "echo chamber"
*Your results will show articles in which at least one of the terms, or phrases, appears. This connector serves to expand your potential results.