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EDUC 2500 Strategies for Social Change: Finding Sources

Advanced Web Searching

This domain-level search works in Google, Duck Duck Go, and Bing. Domain-level searches can pull up organizational documents, press releases, or news stories from deep inside of a non-profit or movement website.

  • Try site:+ website along with along with terms related to your organization or movement ex. site:bouldercounty.ihdf.org/ "strategic plan"
  • filetype:pdf is another useful command to find specific types of files. PPT or JPEG are also helpful.

News Sources

Scholarly Research on Theories of Change, Leadership, and Movements

Linking Your Concepts

Many library databases have advanced search screens like this:

Advanced Searching with Boolean Operators

Boolean Searching Tips

Boolean Operator Example What it does
AND education AND "social mobility" Narrows your search
OR teens OR adolescents OR "young adults" Broadens your search
NOT "music education" NOT "music teachers" Weeds out unhelpful stuff
"" (Quotation marks) "multiple personality disorder" Searches an exact phrase, those words in that order
* (Asterisk)

communic*

(will include possibilities like communication, communicators, communicating, etc)

Includes all possible word ending variations

Popular and Scholarly Sources