How to Narrow Down Sources for Research

Click on the Library link in the top center of the page

arrow pointing to library link

Click on the UAA Consortium Library link

 arrow pointing to the UAA Consortium link

 

  Enter your subject into the QuickSearch field

 arrow pointing to the Quick Search field

 

There are well over 5 million results for this particular search.  Obviously that’s too much data for anyone to process so you must narrow down your search parameters.  On the left hand side of the screen are the tools to do just that.  For instance, look at the DISCIPLINE tab and choose psychology.

 arrow pointing to number of search results

 

Now, you have removed almost 5 million entries; this is starting to become  more manageable.  Now you can look at CONTENT TYPE and narrow your search even more.

 arrows pointing to content type and Discipline

 

By choosing Book/eBook you have narrowed the results again down to 14000.  Now, a good way to further narrow the results is by PUBLICATION DATE.

 content type

By choosing only recent articles (Jan2012-Jan2015) you are now down to 2200 results.  While that’s still a lot, this just demonstrates one possible route to making a search more manageable.

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If anyone would like to know more, you can contact the Library at:

 

Kodiak College

117 Benny Benson Dr.

Kodiak, AK  99615

(907) 486-1238

mjtrussell@alaska.edu