Gress library site
Resources for Research
finding information on your topic? These links will get you started.
Information on Current Issues
Public Policy Center (research on political communication, information
and society, media and the developing child, health communication
and adolescent risk)
- Policy Issues (National
Center for Policy Analysis)
Topics (APA's collection of research about how psychology affects
everday lives. Topics include money, stress, and law and justice.)
Agenda Research Reports (nonpartisan public opinion research
about critical issues)
- Search on Topix,
which returns most recent results first.
- Try searching for your topic + "think tank" or "position
paper" (e.g., immigration + "think tank")
Finding Information in Specific Areas
the Quality of Sources
Guides and Cheatsheets
Bibliographer (most reliable of the free citation makers;
will save reference lists and notes)
- BibMe (will
autofill citations for books; saves and download reference lists;
does not handle sources with no date well)
information about your source and get both reference
list entries and parenthentical citations; be sure to
double-check results) video
- NoodleBib Express (creates
Bluebook citations; free version lets you cut-and-paste; individual
subscription allows you to save citations) video
- Free Plagiarism Checker (short passages)
Self-Detection Test (if you're having trouble putting sources
into your own words, you might try this tool
from Dr. Glatt)
Working with Sources
- If you're having trouble finding keywords:
- SortFix will
suggest power words.
- Visit KwMap,
which creates a map of words related to your search
term. Use a search engine that clusters results,
such as Clusty.
Use the folder names as keywords. Try Ask.com;
its natural language search often comes up with
hits that other search engines miss.
- Use a tilde (the ~ symbol on the top left of
your keyboard) to get Google to find synonyms for
your search term (e.g., a search for ~"lie
detector" will return hits for polygraph as
- If you're getting too many results:
- Use a minus sign or NOT (depending on the search engine)
to exclude terms (e.g., spears -Britney).
- Visit WhoNu, which lets
you limit your search to titles or organize results in timeline
view. Add intitle to a Google search to restrict
your search to Web page titles (e.g., intitle:"obesity
- Restrict Google searches to certain domains with site (e.g.,intitle:forensics
site:gov) Useful domains include edu (educational
institutions); gov (government), and mil (military).
- If you need more scholarly sources, try EBSCO, InfoMine,
or Google Scholar.
- If you're not getting enough hits, try using a meta-search engine,
such as Vivisimo, IxQuick,
Get an overview of a topic with Kosmix.
(Be sure to screen the results; sources are of mixed type and quality.)
Search within a date
range on Google or
get most recent results first at Topix.
Find professional and peer-reviewed articles at Scholar
Google and Find
Articles (which allows you to restrict your search to free articles).
Find free articles about business and recreation at MagPortal.com.When
you find a search that works, set up a Google
alert. Two blogging search engines are Technorati.com and Blogpulse.com.
If you're researching a cutting-edge topic, blogs might be a good
source. However, ask some questions before trusting a blog: What
are the blogger's credentials? What do others in the field think
about the blogger or the topic? (One hint: if others quote or link
to the blog, that adds credibility.) Become a power-searcher by checking
the advanced search options, reading Searching
the Internet Effectively, or searching for tutorials on your
favorite search engine, such as Google
Guide. Check Nielsen's search
- Use a search engine specializing in your subject area:
- Keep up with the latest search engines: