Full text - immediate access to the entire article
Peer reviewed - an extra step in the editing process when the manuscript is reviewed by subject experts before publishing
Subject - the official terminology for a concept used by authors, editors, publications, databases, etc. (Example: In the medical field, the best terminology to search for the concept of a heart attack is cardiac arrest.)
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Subject searching - conduct a subject search instead of a keyword search
Quotation marks - use quotation marks to search for an exact phrase, such as "design thinking"
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"Best practices" - widely accepted processes that are considered the most effective
Impact - shows the effect of something
Statistics - more likely to retrieve data
Outcomes - the anticipated or actual results of a study
Choose a topic that interests you, one that will help you to learn more about your major and your future career. News sites and magazines are great places for ideas.
Use encyclopedias and other reference tools both online and in print to gain some depth in your topic. Learn about recent developments and see what's important to scholars in your area of interest.
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