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PSCI 4826: Women, War, and Peace

Library research guide for PSCI 4700

Academic Search Complete

Academic Search Complete is a multidisciplinary database that provides a scholarly collection of full text journal coverage for nearly all academic areas of study - including social sciences, humanities, education, computer sciences, engineering, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, and ethnic studies, etc. 

1) Go to Academic Search Complete (if you are off campus, you will be asked to enter your EUID and Password) and enter your search term in the search box (see "Boko Haram" highlighted in yellow below- the phrase "Boko Haram" is in quotes so that your search results will only return results with those two words back to back) then click the Search button to the right of the text field.

2) On the results page you will have more than 1000 results which is too many for this project. Try some of the limiters circled in red including clicking on the box next to Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals, Publication Date, or one of the Subject Thesaurus Term suggestions to narrow (make more specific) your results. You can also add an additional search term such as women (highlighted in yellow below.) For this particular search, add the search term and limit to peer reviewed which should give you less than 60 results more specific to your topic.

3) Review your results, if you are satisfied with the articles you got from your search, you can begin reading, if not, you can try adjusting your search terms to find what you are looking for. In this example, and for this project, 60 articles is too many, you will likely need to skim a few articles to determine the best focus for your peace project to create additional search terms (for example, you might add the term school to focus on the affects the conflict to women and girls in school, to create the search string: "Boko Haram" and women and school").

If you need help, please ask your Political Science Librarian or your Women and Gender Studies Librarian!

A few words on evaluating sources for bias-from your librarian!

Ask yourself questions about everything you read online or in print or hear on the news!

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How to Evaluate Websites

Currency: The timeliness of the web page

Relevance/Coverage: The uniqueness of the content and its importance for your needs

Authority: The source of the web page

Accuracy: The reliability, truthfulness, and correctness of the informational content

Purpose: The presence of bias or prejudice/The reason the website exists

When you search the Web, you’re going to find a lot of information…but is it accurate and reliable? You will have to determine this for yourself, and the CRAAP Test can help. The CRAAP Test is a list of questions you can ask yourself in order to determine if the information on a website is reliable…So, what are you waiting for? Is your website credible and useful, or is it a bunch of….!

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