Global Studies: CHFY003

Getting Started  

  • Select a topic - be specific
  • Determine the purpose of your project (inform, persuade, critique)
  • Identify synonyms and keywords that describe your topic
  • Example: genocide, ethnic/racial violence, mass murder, war crimes, massacres

  • Construct using 'boolean' operators   

    Develop your search strategy before going to the computer!







    1. _________




    2. _________




    3. _________












    • OR broadens search results. Use it for synonyms representing a single aspect in the strategy above.
    • AND narrows search results. Use it to connect the different aspects in the strategy above.
    • * usually truncates the root word









    Finding  Articles


    Periodical articles:


    • contain current information on a subject
    • help identify  "new" or "hot" topics of interest that may not be found in books
    • are more specific than books
    • can be scholarly or popular

    How do I find databases? 

    • Go the the Library's website

    Full text versus print:

    Some databases provide only citations to articles in journals, some include abstracts, and others allow you to view/download/print
    the full text of the articles.

    Click on
    UC-eLinks to check holdings or see if available full-text.    

    Where are the print periodicals?

    Current periodical issues and newspapers are located in the Basement of the Rivera Library or in the Science Library.

     "Current"  periodicals are considered those that are 2-12 months old. Current periodicals are shelved in alphabetical order. 
    Older periodicals are arranged by call number and are located on the different floors of the Libraries. 

    Check the call number charts to locate the floor you need.

    Search TIPS:

    Try adding terms "global" or "international"

    Try different search strategies

    Use subject headings  

    Truncate terms using *

    Avoid one term searches, such as "poverty" or "energy"



    Internet Resources

    Not all web sites are created equal. 

    Almost anyone can publish on the Web and many resources are not verified by editors and/or fact checkers. 
    You need to carefully evaluate the purpose, authority,  accuracy, objectivity, coverage, currency, and authority of each web site.

    Evaluate what your find before copying, saving or printing.

    Cite Your Sources

    Track your work.

    Researchers use standard citation formats to identify books, articles, etc., consulted and to give credit to their authors. Consistency is crucial. As a university student, you are expected to follow the same guidelines.

    Always consult your instructor for the format used in your class. See the Library's
    Citing your Sources guide for help with the most common formats.

    Further Assistance

    Librarians are here to help you!

    Stop by at the Reference Desk, call at 827-4392, email us at:, or  click on 
    Need Help? Ask a Librarian Chat with a Librarian Ask a Librarian a question via e-mail Reference desk phone numbers

    Use periodical indexes and databases to find articles in journals, magazines, and newspapers that relate to your topic. 
    Last modified: 7/23/2008 4:32 PM by M. Yonezawa