No piece of research stands alone; each is part of a broader scholarly conversation in that topic/ field. You can use a single article or other resource to find other, similar research by tracing the paths of that conversation:
Keywords – Check the abstract, subject terms and full-text to discover the vocabulary being used in this particular scholarly conversation.
Subject Terms – Subject terms not only provide insight into vocabulary you should use but also serve as search tools – click on these tags in any database (or the catalog) to find more resources on a given topic.
Cited References – Check the references list (or bibliography) to see what previous research this resource is drawing on. From here, you may wish to consider:
- Previous articles or books published on your topic
- Other authors who have published on your topic
- Journals where your topic is frequently discussed
Times Cited – Check Google Scholar to see which articles or books have cited your sources, and to find more-recent research which builds on your original information.
** Once you find a new resource, you can also trace the scholarly conversation around that book/article to find even more resources!
For a simpler, graphic representation of this research strategy, download the handout below:
In this team-based, semester-long project, your goal is to work with a team of classmates to develop a “mini-movement”—an evidence-based effort aimed at mitigating one specific gender- or sexuality-based social inequity. Your team will write four papers, present the results of your mini-movement, and will submit a final portfolio representing the work you accomplished across the semester. Team Citizenship assessments will help to ensure that the workload is distributed equitably across all members of the team and that team members earn grades commensurate with their contributions.