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Latinos: Search Strategy

Skyline College Library Databases

Search Preparation:

Start with a research topic that is well focused, not too general;
then identify two or three key ideas or concepts in your research question, e.g.


1.
What can be done to improve Latino students' success in higher education?

  • Latinos
  • higher education
  • success

2. What can be done to improve undocumented students' success in higher education?

  • undocumented
  • higher education
  • success

3. What are Justice Sonia Sotomayor's views on or experiences with discrimination?

  • Sonia Sotomayor
  • discrimination

4. How have Latinos increased their power in politics ?

  • Latinos
  • politics
  • power


Databases:

OneSearch (To log into our databases off-campus you'll need to use your email or Canvas login.)

Search most of Skyline Library's article databases and book catalog to find a wide range of articles from academic journals, popular magazines, newspapers and reference sources, e-books & other documents, plus print books available in the library.

Click on the link above to open a new database window

To search for more than one "concept", click on Advanced Search below the Search box.

In each search box, type the search word(s) for a separate concept.
-  Type an OR between synonymous words for the same concept.
-  Use quote marks (“ ”) around search phrases (multiple words that should be searched together), e.g. “higher education”
-  Use an * to search for multiple words from the same root, e.g. achieve* will find articles with the words: achieve, achieved, or achievement 
Examples:

#1:

Latinos OR Latinas OR Latinx OR Hispanic OR "Mexican American"
"higher education" OR college OR university
success OR achievement


#2:
undocumented OR Dreamers
"higher education" OR college OR university
success OR achievement


#3:
"Sonia Sotomayor"
discrimination OR bias OR racism OR sexism OR harassment


#4
Latinos OR Latinas OR Latinx OR Hispanic OR "Mexican American"
politics OR voting OR election
growth OR rise OR power OR empowerment OR participation OR disenfranchisement

  • Click the “Search” button to begin a search
  • When the results page is displayed, click on an article title to see detailed information and a summary of the article.
  • To limit results to a specific type of source (e.g. magazine articles, journal articles or books), click on the desired type under  "Source Types" on the left column
  • To see the full-text of an article, click on PDF Full Text or HTML Full Text at the left of the detailed information page
  • To e-mail or print an article, click on the e-mail or print buttons on the right task bar. A source citation will also be sent when you email a document. You can select the citation format (MLA, APA, Chicago) from the menu in the email box.

  • To do a Google search with the same search words already entered, click “Search” in the Google box on the “Extend Your Search” column on the right side of the results page
    • Google does not use the *
    • To limit to a specific domain, use site: in front of the domain name (no spaces), e.g.
         site:.edu   will limit a search to just .edu sites
         site:.edu OR site:.gov   will limit a search to either .edu or .gov sites
         -site:.com  will exclude .com
    • To limit to a specific website, use site: in front of the website address (no spaces), e.g.
         site:nytimes.com   will limit a search to just the N.Y. Times website  
           
         site:sfgate.com      will limit a search to just the S.F. Chronicle website
    • When you find a relevant web page in Google results, you can find other pages on similar topics by using Google’s “Similar” option:
         - Click on the pull-down arrow to the right of the green URL line of a Google result
         - Then click on "Similar", if available (not available for all results)
    • Limit by time period:
         - Click on “Search Tools” at the top of the results page;
         - Then click on “Any Time” pull-down menu.

       
  • Additional search boxes for other search engines, e.g. Google Scholar and Ethnic Newswatch, are available on the “Extend Your Search” column on the right side of the results page
     
  • If no full-text article is displayed for an article, request the article by completing the Article Delivery Service (ADS) form.  Requests through the ADS form will usually be sent to you within 24 hours (often within a much shorter time.

From topic to concepts

Start with a topic, e.g. police brutality

Focus on a specific aspect or question to narrow the topic, e.g.:

  • How much are Latinos targeted in cases of police brutality?
  • What are police departments doing to prevent police brutality?
  • What cases of police brutality have occurred in the San Francisco Bay Area?

In-class Assignment