Answered By: Andrew Carlos
Last Updated: Oct 26, 2021     Views: 66

Starting a research project can be difficult!

When you are working on a research project, you'll be assigned a topic/subject to work on. Before you can start searching the databases, you'll have to identify the keywords that you will use to search for your articles. One tip for this is to think of the words that describe your topic.

For example, if you are working on a project about the impact of video games on brain development, you could use "video games brain development impact" as your keywords - use only the most important words when searching!

Once you have keywords you want to use, it's time to identify databases that might help you when you are looking for sources/articles. Start at the Databases A-Z page of the library. This page has all of the databases the Library provides access to.

You can use the drop down menus at the top to help narrow down the list of databases - you can look for databases related to a specific subject, or a specific type of source (newspaper, journal articles, videos, etc.)

Screenshot of Databases A-Z Page, focused on the dropdown menus at the top

Every database has unique tips and tricks to help you use them. When you aren't sure how to use them, you can also check the Help page for each database. Below are two examples of help pages that you might find in our Library Databases. 


For more detailed help, consider contacting your Subject Librarian. If you'd like to watch some videos that go into more detail about the research process, considering checking out ProQuest Research Companion.

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