Life Issues Projects
First Things First
Brainstorm about your topic(s) and write down any words that come to mind to start developing a list of search tearms. These are you Key Words. You will use them to search in books, databases, and the internet.
Use search terms such as: abortion, capital punishment, etc.
Try combined terms such as: war AND religion, just war doctrine, war-moral AND ethical aspects.
Click on any title and look under subject for additional search terms such as war-moral AND ethical aspects. Add these subject words to your list of search terms.
Morality of Capital Punishment 364.66 END
Does Capital Punishment Deter Crime 364.66 ESP
War, Conscience, and Dissent 261.873 ZAH
Tip: When searching for a specific periodical, make sure to use the Advanced Search option. This way you'll be able to refine your search and and fine what you need with ease!
EBSCO general database that many of the major universities use.
Religion & Philosophy Collection (Ebsco) World religions, major denominations, biblical studies, and philosophy
- Use the AND, OR, or NOT features to expand or limit your searches as needed.
Social Issues Resources Series (SIRS) newspapers, magazines, maps, and reference sources (use Advanced Search, type in your search terms and search by Title or Subject, e.g. "just war")
Opposing Viewpoints Resource Center click on Issues in the menu bar and locate your issue with accompanying information.
- Use the AND, OR, and NOT search limiters
Web Searching Tips
If using Google, click on advanced search, and look for these features:
- Type your search term (s) in the search box, and then type in the "search within a site of domain box:.edu, .gov, or .mil either together or separately. You will retrieve only websites within those domains.
- To exclude a word from your search, place a minus (-) sign i front of the word. Use a plus (+) or double quotes (") to retreieve that precise word. Instructions are located in the Advanced Search tips.