Reading up on the background information probably gave you some ideas for your arguments. Articles may be used to support or refute those ideas. The purpose of this section of the guide is to help you develop search strategies that will successfully locate relevant, credible, useful information.
The brainstorming template we used in class is here.
To find articles which speak to your argument, consider adding search terms such as these:
The goal of this process is to develop a search which produces relevant and useful results. For example:
The four databases listed below provide articles from news, scholarly, and trade sources. To limit your search to articles from scholarly journals only, look for "limit to scholarly" or "limit to peer-reviewed."
Peer review is a method used for qualifying research prior to publication. When an author submits a paper for publication in a scholarly journal, the manuscript is forwarded to several experts in the field. These experts (peers/"referees") judge the quality of the research, the methods, and the validity of the findings and demand revisions when needed. Peer review is the standard indicator of quality scholarship. Sometimes, the term "refereed" is used in place of "peer-reviewed."
If there is a question as to the review process, consult the "submissions" page of the journal or journal publisher's website.
Also, there's a database that will show you whether the journal you're looking at subjects its content to peer review: Ulrichsweb: Global Serials Directory. Just type in the name the publication (e.g., Human Resource Management) and look for the adorable referee icon:
AND link words by AND to search for all words in the same resource
OR link words by OR to search for one word or another (instead of both/all words)
NOT to eliminate results with a certain term
“Quotations” – add quotations to a group of two or more words to search for the exact phrase