Before you search, first read ALL the directions on this page.
Then you can adapt the sample search to your own topic.
Let's pretend that I am part of a community of First Person Shooter video gamers. I believe this is a good community for me, but many people are concerned about possible negative effects of this activity. So, I want to deal with their doubts or arguments. I can search for research on this.
1. Open MegaSearch--in Advanced mode
2. In the top search box, enter terms for your your community.
We recommend clicking Search at this point. You will see how many items are available: 15,000!
Now you can focus your search:
3. In the next box, enter an aspect of your community to focus on. Click Search again.
4. If needed, I can continue to focus my search using the third box. This will narrow it down further.
The asterisk* is a wildcard. It will search for the singular and plural forms or a word.
5. Click search.
Now see the directions in the box under this one.
Your assignment requires 4-6 sources that are scholarly, in-depth, published sources. Trade/industry journals may also work, but check with your instructor.
To find Scholarly journal articles, use the left column of your results (see the image below).
Now use the dircections in the box below.
The following example is for a scholarly journal about working conditions for nurses. But the tips work for any article.
1. Read the titles of the first ten items.
2. Review the Title, Subject Terms, and Abstract.
Now use the directions below.
Find the link to the full text of the article.
When you click a PDF, this is what you get. You can scroll through the entire article.
IMPORTANT: Email the article to yourself!
For more on MLA citations, see the Write & Cite tab in this guide.
Ok. You are ready to search! Scroll up to the top of this page, and open MegaSearch