Brainstorm a list of similar keywords for each of the concepts on which you want to focus
religion, faith, Christianity/Judaism/Islam/etc., Catholic church, fundamentalist, born-again, evangelism, religious beliefs, religious life and customs, religious aspects, spirituality, jihad, cults, sects, ethics, etc.
education, schools, teachers, students,
remember geography if that helps narrow your search
Look for subject headings, descriptors, etc. in item records that closely match your topic to zero in on the terms that will be successful in a given database
In the catalog: religious education [Library of Congress subject headings]
In SocAbs: religions; evangelism; church membership; Christianity/etc.[Descriptors]
In Web of Science: religion [Subject Areas and KeyWords Plus]
In ATLA: moral education; values; Christian education; theological education [Subjects]
Expand your search by using OR to search for similar terms
religion OR faith OR evangelism
Narrow your search by using AND to combine different concepts
religion AND education AND United States
Check out articles' and books' bibliographies for other possible sources
Use the table of contents and index of a book to find the sections relevant to you quickly
If you find a dissertation that's good for your topic, search the author's name to find articles s/he may have written on the same topic; and check the bibliography for other good sources
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indexes journal articles in over 650 journals published in 16 different countries. Subjects include cultural anthropology, education, ethnic studies, family, unemployment, immigration, industrial relations, politics, psychology, religion, sociology, and social work.
Web of Science (ISI) - provides access to the Science Citation Index Expanded(TM), Social Sciences Citation Index(R), and Arts & Humanities Citation Index(R). Remember to uncheck Sciences and Arts and Humanities sections to focus your search. Remember "view related records."
CQ Researcher - offers in-depth research on dozens of current events and issues each year. From Adoption to Ozone, each issue gives you: comprehensive review of the controversies, historical background, chronology of important events, opposing views from experts on the subject, and extensive bibliographies for additional research.
RAND Publication Database - The RAND research organization publishes many papers and reports on topics of current public policy interest, including such areas as criminal justice, education, health, national security and international affairs, energy, environment, and science and technology. The RAND Publication Database contains indexing records for all of RAND's publicly available documents, 1963 to present. In many cases, the index record links to the full text of the report.
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