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GEOG 5150 - Regional Geography of Latin America - Millsaps

A portal to library resources and databases bet suited for research on the regional geography of Latin America. Includes best practices for locating information in Google, Google Scholar, and Rod Library databases.

Not enough results? --- How to find more.

To increase the number or results on your topic you can use:

  • the asterisk to search for all the variations of a word with different endings,
  • the Boolean Operator OR to search for various synonyms for your topic,
  • search either larger databases or multiple databases at one time.


Use the asterisk * as a suffix to find all the variations of a word.

The search self-regulat* finds:

self-regulation, self-regulated, self-regulatory, self-regulated, etc.



Use the word OR to search for various synonyms for your topic.

You can combine both the asterisk and OR to increase your results even more.

The search above looks for all the forms of the word math (mathematics, mathematical), as well as algebra and algebraic, and also geometry and geometric.



The EBSCO databases such as ERIC, Education Full Text, and PsycINFO, can be searched in combination to increase your number of results.  To do this first open a single database such as ERIC and then click on the "Choose Databases" option at the top of the search page.


Then check the box in front of every database you want to search simultaneously ... and then click on OK.



Alternatively you might try searching larger databases such as Google Scholar or OneSearch. 
Warning - though these databases are both huge - they are much harder to focus. 

Too many results? --- How to narrow and focus your search.

Three options for focusing your search include:

  • searching for your topic in the Title (TI Title) 
  • searching for your topic in the Abstract (AB Abstract)
  • finding a designated Subject Heading for your topic (SU Subject)




Once you discover a subject heading - either by inspecting your initial search results or by using the ERIC Thesaurus - you may also wish to limit by Subject (SU Subject).


Subject headings are listed under each search result. 

Consider returning to your search, setting the search to SU Subject, and using the subject heading you've found.



Alternatively, you can hunt for subject headings by clicking on the Thesaurus option at the top of the page.

Then typing in a topic in the Browsing: ERIC -- Thesaurus search box (and perhaps setting the search to Term Contains).

You can then use one of the options as an SU Subject search or click on one of the options, such as Student Motivation, to discover yet more possible subject headings.


Finding Empirical or Experimental Research with ERIC

If you need to find empirical research - articles that report an actual experiment or study - try the following technique in the ERIC (EBSCO) database:


  1. Type in your search.
  2. Check the Scholarly (Peer Reviewed) Journals option farther down the page.
  3. Use the "Publication Type" option at the bottom of the search page and limit your search to the option "Reports - Research".


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