Academic sources are articles or books that carry footnotes and bibliographies and whose intended audience is scholars and researchers.
Be a smart searcher by using keywords to find sources!
Step 1. Make sure the keywords are strongly related to your topic
|Topic||Keywords for Search|
|How does music impact intelligence?||music AND intelligence|
|How does chocolate affect dogs?||chocolate AND dogs|
|How does watching television impact attention span?||television AND attention span|
|How can hypertension be treated?||hypertension AND treatment|
Note 1: words like "effects," "relationship," and "impact," could belong to basically any topic, so they're not very useful in searches and should be avoided.
Note 2: To get results that are more relevant and targeted, use the Boolean operator AND in between your keywords.
Step 2. As you read, pick up more keywords that can be used in other searches
Step 3. Use your keywords when searching all types of resources
Your keywords will work in different resources, such as the library's book catalog, the library's databases, and the Web.
For more information on searching, please see the Connect for Success tutorial in Canvas, especially Modules 1 and 3.
Watch this video to learn how to recognize scholarly and popular sources.