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SSCI 325- Intermediate Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Recommended Social Science Resources

Google scholar

Google Scholar is a popular way to search for scholarly articles, reports, books and more.  You can connect Google Scholar to IIT's libraries from the library links section of Scholar Setting. This way, when you find an article you'd like to read you will be able to see if we have the article or be directed to MyILL to request it.

Google Scholar Search

How do I search for articles in databases?

The following steps will help you form effective searches:

1. Identifying Keywords: Brainstorm a list of words related to your topic. 

2. Use the Boolean Search Operators (AND/OR) to connect your keywords. When used in search boxes, AND, OR and NOT will broaden or narrow your search. This is how it works.

All results would have both calcium AND fatty acids


Results would have either calcium OR fatty acids or both.

Results would have calcium and never fatty acids.

An example search in the PsycINFO database

This search will retrieve documents that include the terms video games and violent, and teen.

An example of a failed search.

Reason: The database will interpret this search as a phrase, so only results where the words are next to each other will appear.

Want to take your search to the next level?


This will expand your searches. If one author uses "teen", another uses "youth", and another uses "adolescent" - they'll all show up in this search.