Refer to this guide as you develop your initial research topic. Expect to refine your topic as you learn more about it.
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In order to find scholarly articles on your topic, you need to use the words that researchers use. One way to locate the correct terminology is by using the thesaurus included in the database you are using.
You can also go directly into the database and do a preliminary search for articles on your topic. Then, (and this is important) pay attention to the Subjects assigned to the article. The Subjects are the "official or expert" terms that describe your topic.