When doing research, the researcher needs to use various sources.
Two sources are data bases and electronic journals. Data bases are scientifically
based sources that can be used once you have identified some key search terms (Houser,
2015). You want to use key terms instead of complete topics. This is because you
may end up with too much information or not enough information using complete topics.
Data bases tend to use citations that are peer reviewed. Peer reviewed means
that the articles have been reviewed by professionals before being published (Houser,
2015). This helps you to find reliable
information to fuel your research. Some known data bases are EBSCOhost,
Academic search premier, Journal Storage (JSTOR), and Google Scholar. . There
are many other data bases that can be used based on the topic being researched.
Data bases give you the option of an article abstract or the full text. An
article abstract is a summary of the article and full text is the entire
article. Most of the time you will want to use the full text option. Your
results can be limited based on publication date, and author.
Another source option is electronic journals. Just as the
name implies it is a Journal in electronic form. You will need to know the
journal title and publication year to locate an article. Most universities alphabetize
the electronic journals for easier location. Again, with this option you can
find abstracts or full text. You will want to use the full text option.
Electronic journals are sorted by date and publication volume number. The
articles in electronic journals are going to cite their sources as well. This
allows you to further research the topic by finding those sources as well.
Electronic journals also allow you to find out how often an article has been cited
in a data base. This is called citation searching. Citation searching is primarily
completed through the use of the Web of Science data base as well as Google