Why Do Search Words Matter?
The English language is as rich and diverse as the people who speak it. Our age, the part of the country we inhabit, our ethnic and cultural backgrounds....all of these factors affect the words we use (and don't use) on a daily basis. Is that a car you're driving? Or an automobile? Or a vehicle? Or is it simply your ride? Is that person over there a teenager or a teen or an adolescent or a young adult? It depends who you are talking to, doesn't it?
Search tools are sort of like us: rich and diverse. Some tools work well with keyword searches, while others function best if you can zero in on the specific subject term preferred by that tool. By using the right search terms you can be more successful at finding the exact information you need for your research paper or project. So how do you know what the "right" term is?
Noteworthy child development titles within GVRL include:
Specialized education databases we have access to include the following:
In addition, consider using some of our general databases to find information on your topic. Two commonly used databases are from Gale and EBSCO:
Use these credible Web resources to build upon the knowledge you have already gained about your topic through your reading of books and articles. One of the best ways to evaluate Web resources is to compare what you read on the Web to what you have already learned from all of your other research.
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Use books to read broad overviews and detailed discussions of your topic. You can also use books to find primary sources, which are often published together in collections.
You'll use the library catalog to search for books, ebooks, articles, and more.
Use Google Scholar to find scholarly information on the Web.